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Two Hawai‘i Island Jewel Theft Suspects Arrested and Charged

August 18, 2017, 8:37 AM HST
* Updated August 18, 8:43 AM
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Stryder Scalf (L) and Randen Tabac (R). HPD photos.

South Kohala patrol officers responded to a reported burglary at a residence in Kamuelaon July 31, 2017.

Officers learned that an unknown male entered the residence without permission and removed high-value jewelry, including opal, emerald, gold and diamond pieces.

Detectives with the Area II Criminal Investigation Section, assisted by the FBI’s Violent Crimes Task Force and the Honolulu Police Department, continued this investigation and learned that one of the stolen items, a gold piece, was advertised for sale on the internet.

On Friday, Aug. 11, detectives arrested and charged the seller— Stryder Scalf, 40, of Kailua-Kona.

He was charged with Theft in the Second Degree, after he was observed to be in possession of the stolen gold piece. His bail was set at $10,000 and he was held at the Kealakehe Police Station cellblock pending his initial court appearance at the Kona District Court on Monday, Aug. 14.

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Through continued investigation, detectives determined that Randen Tabac, 25, of Honokaʻa, was in possession of numerous stolen jewelry pieces taken from the reported burglary.

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On Tuesday, Aug. 15, detectives located Tabac at a residence in Laupāhoehoe. He was arrested and charged with Theft in the First Degree. His bail was set at $0 and he was held at the Hilo Police Station cellblock pending his initial court appearance at the Hilo District Court on Wednesday, Aug. 16.

Detectives are continuing the burglary investigation and ask anyone with information to call Detective Levon Stevens at (808) 326-4646, ext. 275, or via email at [email protected], or the Police Department’s non-emergency number at (808) 935-3311.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the islandwide Crime Stoppers number at (808) 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers does not record calls or subscribe to any caller ID service. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

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This information was provided by the authorities. All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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