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Puna Woman Charged With Car Break-In, Theft

March 10, 2017, 9:15 AM HST
* Updated March 10, 9:18 AM
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Bella Carvalho. HPD photo.

A Puna woman has been charged in connection with a car break-in that occurred last week in Hilo.

On Wednesday, March 1, a 49-year-old man reported that an unknown female entered his vehicle that was parked at a business located on Puainako Street and removed several items.

The victim confronted the female suspect while she was still in possession of his belongings; however, she fled prior to the responding officers’ arrival.

Detectives assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division took over the investigation and were able to identify the suspect as 49-year-old Bella Carvalho of Pāhoa.

On Wednesday, March 8, Carvalho was arrested by officers of the Area I Special Enforcement Unit for an outstanding bench warrant.

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Carvalho was taken to the Hilo police cellblock while officers continued their investigation.

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Just before noon on Thursday, March 9, Carvalho was charged with first degree unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle and fourth degree theft.

She is being held at the Hilo cellblock in lieu of $11,000 bail pending her initial court appearance scheduled for Friday, March 10, in South Hilo District Court.

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