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Police Seek Hilo Pawn Shop Theft Suspects

June 3, 2016, 9:08 AM HST
* Updated June 3, 9:11 AM
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Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s help identifying two men whose images were captured on a surveillance camera during a theft in downtown Hilo on May 26.

At approximately 3:10 p.m., a man entered a pawn shop on the 200 block of Kīlauea Avenue and engaged in conversation with a sales clerk in an apparent attempt to distract the clerk.

A second man then entered the store and removed a vintage Kamaka ‘ukulele from a display. Both men then left the area on foot.

Both men were described as being in their mid-20s.

One of the suspects is described as Caucasian, approximately 5-foot-10-inches tall, weighing 150 pounds. He has light hair, and was wearing a baseball cap, a dark-colored long-sleeved shirt and light-colored shorts.

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The other suspect is described as Polynesian, approximately 5-foot-9-inches tall and 140 pounds. He has dark, wavy hair. He was wearing a light-colored T-shirt, jeans and black and white athletic shoes.

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Police ask anyone with any information about this case or the identity of the persons in the photo to call the police department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or Officer Lawrence Kobayashi at 961-2213.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the islandwide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

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