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Two Arrested for Alleged Puna Avocado Theft

August 25, 2016, 10:07 AM HST
* Updated August 25, 10:08 AM
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(From left) Max Mattos, Kawika Nobriga, Sabrina Jaeger. HPD photos.

(From left) Max Mattos, Kawika Nobriga, Sabrina Jaeger. HPD photos.

Two men are being held on charges after being arrested for allegedly stealing avocados from an orchard in Puna.

In response to a 4:45 p.m. call Wednesday, Aug. 24, Puna District officers learned that the owner of an orchard off Highway 132 in the Kapoho area had confronted two men and a woman in a pickup truck on his property after observing 80 pounds of avocados in the bed of the truck.

The owner and a friend had blocked the truck and called the police.

The two men, 49-year-old Max Mattos of Keaʻau and 33-year-old Kawika Nobriga of Pāhoa, were arrested and charged with second-degree criminal trespass and second-degree theft. Their bail was set at $2,500 each.

The woman, 30-year-old Sabrina Jaeger of Pāhoa, was arrested on a bench warrant and charged with contempt of court. She was released after posting $300 bail.

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Mattos and Nobriga are being held at the Hilo police cellblock pending their initial court appearance scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 25.

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