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Puna Men Arrested, Charged in Seaview Estates Burglary

September 18, 2015, 3:43 PM HST
* Updated September 18, 3:56 PM
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Charges for burglary and other offenses have been issued to two Puna men for their involvement in a burglary reported to the Hawai’i Police Department by concerned citizens as it was happening.

On Wednesday at about 6:29 a.m., officers responded to a report of an active burglary on Moanauli Loop in the Seaview Estates subdivision.

During their response, officers noticed a sports-utility vehicle pulling a trailer loaded with appliances and conducted a traffic stop.

Officers arrested the driver of the vehicle, Gulliver Brown, 41,  on outstanding bench warrants and charged him with two counts of contempt of court.

Twenty-nine-year-old James Lancaster of Pahoa, the passenger of the vehicle, was also arrested on outstanding bench warrants and charged with contempt of court and violating terms of release on bail.

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The pair were taken to the Hilo police cellblock.

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HPD determined through an investigation that the appliances in the trailer belonged to a 69-year-old man whose home had been broken into.

Brown was charged at 10:15 a.m. on Thursday with first-degree burglary, second-degree theft, driving without a license, driving without insurance, and fraudulent use of license plates. His bail was set at $21,500.

Lancaster was charged with first-degree burglary and second-degree theft. His bail was set at $20,000.

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Brown and Lancaster both remained in custody, pending their initial court appearance Friday.

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