Triathlon Bike Remains Missing in HPP Theft
The Hawai’i Police Department has charged two men with a variety of offenses in connection to a burglary that was reported on Monday, March 9.
A 35-year-old Kea’au man reportedly contacted police on Monday after returning to his Hawaiian Paradise Park home between 20th Avenue and 21st Avenue on Paradise Drive, discovering that it had been broken into. Among the items he reported missing were a racing bicycle, electronics, checks, and jewelry, including a wedding ring.
HPD reports that a 19-year-old man, who has been identified as Bruce Rogee of Hilo, attempted to cash one of the victim’s checks on Tuesday at a bank in Hilo.
Rogee, along with 23-year-old Taylor Kalawe of Kea’au, were both arrested and taken to the Hilo police cellblock as Area I Criminal Investigation Section detectives continued to investigate.
Upon the execution of search warrants at Kalawe’s 19th Avenue Hawaiian Paradise Park home and vehicle, police recovered some of the items that were reported as stolen, including the wedding ring.
Kalawe was charged on Thursday with second-degree theft, attempted second-degree theft, and forgery. He was also charged with contempt of court for an unrelated case. His bail was set at $30,150.
Rogee was charged also charged on Thursday. His charges include second-degree forgery, second-degree theft, and two counts of unauthorized possession of confidential personal information. Rogee’s bail was set at $8,000.
Police describe the still-missing bicycle as a 2012 Orbea Triathlon bike with a 2014 Ironman race sticker, number 1565, placed on it.
Anyone who may have information about the burglary, or know the whereabouts of the stolen bicycle, are asked to call the Police department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.
Individuals who wish to keep anonymity can call the Big Island Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300.