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Woman Arrested in Connection to Hilo Robbery

December 18, 2014, 6:32 PM HST
* Updated December 18, 9:58 PM
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Investigation of a suspicious vehicle early Thursday morning led to the arrest of Kelly Marie Brightbill and a 26-year-old male in Kalaoa.

The Hawai’i Police Department’s Kona patrol officers arrested Brightbill after receiving a suspicious vehicle call at 3:10 a.m.

Brightbill was sought after following a robbery that occurred Tuesday at a convenience store in Hilo. Police arrested her for suspicion of first degree robbery, an unrelated third degree theft charge, and contempt of court.

Detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigation Section continue to investigate, as Brightbill is held at the Kona cellblock.

At the same time, police arrested an unidentified 26-year-old Hilo man who was driving the black Mercedes, for unrelated traffic offenses.

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The Mercedes that was used during the robbery that occurred on Tuesday was also recovered.

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HPD detectives continue to seek the public’s assistance in locating the robbery suspect. The suspect has been described by police as a Caucasian male who might be in his early to mid 20’s and stands at about five-foot-five to five-foot-seven. He also may have a slim build, weighing about 125 to 130 pounds, with shoulder length blond hair.

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident is asked to call Detective Joel Field of the Area I Criminal Investigation Section at 961-2382 or e-mail at [email protected].

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

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