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Police Seek Man in Walmart Attempted Truck Theft

November 20, 2014, 4:50 PM HST
* Updated November 20, 4:52 PM
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The Hawai’i Police Department is investigating an incident in which a man attempted to steal a parked vehicle in Hilo.


South Hilo Patrol officers responded to a 9:19 a.m. call from a witness in the Walmart parking lot on Maka’ala Street in Hilo.


Police made contact with a 55-year-old Kurtistown woman who told police that upon returning to her parked pickup truck, she discovered a man inside attempting to steal it.


HPD says the suspect forced the door open and fled the area on foot toward Kanoelehua Avenue. During the course of the event, the victim was not injured.


The incident has been classified as a first-degree unauthorized entry of a motor vehicle, attempted unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle, and an attempted robbery during the course of committing a theft.


A HPD release described the suspect as tall and Caucasian. He was last seen wearing a dark windbreaker jacket, black pants, and a dark hat.


Area I Criminal Investigation Section detectives are conducting checks for video surveillance footage from nearby businesses.


Police ask that anyone who may have witnessed the incident call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or contact Detective Todd Pataray at 961-2382 or [email protected].


Individuals who wish to remain anonymous can call the Big Island Crime Stoppers at 961-8300.

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