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Puna District Crime Report: January 2018

March 2, 2018, 3:06 PM HST
* Updated March 15, 2:47 PM
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The Hawai‘i Police Department’s Puna Community Police responded to nine burglaries, no robberies, eight vehicle thefts and 12 vehicle break-ins in the Puna District in January 2018.

Of the eight vehicles reported stolen, two had been recovered at the time of this publication.

Also see “BIG ISLAND NOW CRIME STORIES” below for articles about specific incidents, including information about those wanted on bench warrants as of publication of this article.

The complete list of locations affected and date in which the incidents occurred are as follows:

9 BURGLARIES

  1. On Jan. 6, approximately, 11:58 p.m. on Opeapea Road in Mountain View. Owner reported suspects entered a storage area and removed a pair of hiking boots and keys from within.
  2. On Jan. 10, approximately, 7:15 am on Hopue Road in Hawaiian Acres. Owner reported suspects entered his garage studio area and removed numerous paintball gear and including a weed whacker from within.
  3. On Jan. 10, approximately, 6:11 p.m. on Lalakea Street in Hawaiian Shores. Owner reported suspects entered residence and removed numerous jewelry and misc. items from within.
  4. On Jan. 11, approximately, 4:09 p.m. on 32nd Avenue in Hawaiian Paradise Park. Owner reported suspects entered her residence throught unlocked door and removed a set of keys from within.
  5. On Jan. 13, approximately, 7:05 p.m. on 25th Avenue in Hawaiian Paradise Park. Owner reported suspects entered her residence and removed her purse containing misc. items within.
  6. On Jan. 15, approximately, 6:02 p.m. on 29th Avenue in Hawaiian Paradise Park. Party reported suspects entered residence and removed numerous firearms from within (see story below).
  7. On Jan. 19, approximately, 1:32 p.m. on Aweoweo Street in Hawaiian Beaches. Victim reported her boyfriend forcibly entered her residence without permission and removed a Bluetooth speaker from within.
  8. On Jan. 20, approximately, 11:56 a.m. on 4th Avenue in Hawaiian Paradise Park. Owner reported suspects entered his residence and removed a refrigerator from within.
  9. On Jan. 20, approximately, 4:26 p.m. on 27th Avenue in Hawaiian Paradise Park. Owner reported suspects entered residence and removed his metal mesh window frame from within.
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8 VEHICLE THEFTS

  1. On Jan.14, approximately, 3:52 p.m. on Upper Puna Road in Kalapana. Victim reported his 1997 Chevy SUV was removed from his residence without his permission by an acquaintance. Vehicle was later returned back to the owner.
  2. On Jan.19, approximately, 12:30 a.m. on Old Volcano Road in Kea‘au. Victim reported his Honda vehicle was removed from a store parking lot without his permission.
  3. On Jan. 20, approximately, 10:32 p.m. on Kahakai Boulevard in Hawaiian Beaches. Victim reported his vehicle was removed from a store parking lot without his permission.
  4. On Jan. 20, approximately, 4:18 p.m. on Milo Street in Kea‘au. Victim reported an acquaintance of his removed his Ford vehicle without his permission from his residence.
  5. On Jan. 22, approximately, 12:09 p.m. on Makoa Road in Mountain View. Victim reported her boyfriend who removed her Honda vehicle from the residence. Vehicle was later recovered and the suspect arrested and charged for the offense.
  6. On Jan. 27, approximately, 2:27 p.m. on Hibiscus Road in Ainaloa. Victim reported his Nissan vehicle was removed from his property without his permission.
  7. On Jan. 27, approximately, 6:19 p.m. on Highway 132 in Pāhoa. Victim reported her Toyota vehicle was left parked and unattended and removed without from location without her permission.
  8. On Jan. 28, approximately, 2:54 p.m. on Puhala Drive in Ainaloa. Victim reported her ex boyfriend removed her Toyota vehicle from her residence without her permission. Vehicle was later recovered and the suspect arrested and charged for the offense.
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12 VEHICLE BREAK-INS

  1. On Jan. 3, approximately, 2:15 p.m. on Forest Road in Nanawale. Victim reported an acquaintance of hers entered her Chevy SUV without her permission; however, nothing was removed.
  2. On Jan. 5, approximately, 5:02 p.m. on Seaview Road in Nanawale. Victim reported a suspect approached her and reached into her Toyota vehicle while she was seated within and struck her through driver‘s-side window. Suspect was located and arrested and charged for the offense.
  3. On Jan. 7, approximately, 8:16 a.m. on Beach Road in Hawaiian Paradise Park. Victim reported suspects entered his 1994 Jeep SUV which was parked unattended and removed numerous items from within.
  4. On Jan. 9, approximately, 11:58 a.m. on Highway 137 in Kapoho. Victim reported suspects entered his Nissan rental vehicle that was parked unattended at the time; however, nothing was removed.
  5. On Jan. 11, approximately, 10:52 p.m. on Plumeria Street with in Kurtistown. Victim reported an acquaintance of his approached his Ford vehicle and struck him through the driver’s-side window causing pain. Suspect was later located and arrested and charged for the offense.
  6. On Jan.13, approximately, 5:38 p.m. on 18th Avenue in Hawaiian Paradise Park. Victim reported observing unknown suspect sitting within his Toyota vehicle and observed the vehicles ignition lock to be damaged. Responding officers arrested and charged the suspect for the offense.
  7. On Jan. 14, approximately, 11:12 a.m. on Akea‘akamai Road in Pāhoa. Victim reported suspects entered removed misc. items from within his Chevy vehicle which was parked unlocked and unattended at the time.
  8. On Jan. 18, approximately, 9:21 p.m. on 16th Avenue in Hawaiian Paradise Park. Victim reported an acquaintance of hers entered her Kia vehicle without permission and removed numerous misc items from within.
  9. On Jan. 19, approximately, 3:10 p.m. on Pāhoa Village Road in Pāhoa. Victim reported suspects entered her Nissan vehicle and removed her purse which she left unattended within a store parking lot. Suspects identity was obtained and he was located with the victims property and arrested and charged for the offense.
  10. On Jan. 23, approximately, 2:25 p.m. on Ali‘i Kane Road in Volcano. Victim reported suspects entered her Nissan SUV vehicle which was parked unattended at the time and removed several misc. items from within.
  11. On Jan. 25, approximately, 10:35 p.m. on Pāhoa Village Road in Pāhoa. Victim reported observing unknown female party sitting in his rental Nissan vehicle in a church parking lot without his permission. Nothing was removed from in the vehicle and suspect was located and arrested and charged for the offense.
  12. On Jan. 28, approximately, 6:59 p.m. on Old Volcano Road in Kea‘au. Victim reported suspect entered his unlocked Ford vehicle in store parking lot and removed his backpack from within.
  13. BIG ISLAND NOW CRIME STORIES

Firearms Theft 

Hawai’i Island police are investigating the theft of firearms in connection with a residential burglary in Puna. At 6 p.m., Monday, Jan. 15, police responded to a report of a break-in at a residence in the 15-1600 29th Avenue block of the Hawaiian Paradise Park subdivision. Numerous firearms to include pistols, rifles and shotguns were taken. Investigators determined that the incident occurred sometime between Sunday evening, Jan. 14, and Monday afternoon, Jan. 15.

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One of the firearms taken was an uncommon, lever-action rifle engraved with “Buffalo Bill.”

An older Caucasian man driving an early model pick-up truck and towing a trailer with a lawn mower was seen in that area late Monday afternoon. Detectives would like to identify and interview this individual.

Anyone who may have witnessed this incident or have any other information about it is asked to call the police department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311 or Detective Aaron Carvalho of the Area I Special Enforcement Unit at (808) 961-2272 or [email protected].

Wanted on Warrants

Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating the following four individuals who are Wanted for outstanding warrants. All frequent the Mt. View and Volca-no areas.

Jardin Tavares, 6-feet-1-inches tall, 160 pounds, with brown eyes and hair.

Joseph “JP” Branco, 5-feet-7-inches tall, 140 pounds with brown eyes and hair.

Richard Benevides, 5-feet-11-inches tall, 270 pounds, brown eyes and hair.

Shilo Brent, 5-feet-7-inches tall, 175 pounds, brown eyes and hair.

Police ask that if you see any of these individuals please contact the department’s non-emergency number at (808) 935-3311.

HPD NOTE TO BIG ISLAND RESIDENTS AND VISITORS

The Hawai‘i Police Department’s Puna Community Police ask residents and visitors alike to take the role as an observer: Watch for suspicious activity and notifying the police. You can make a difference!

  • Emergency: 911
  • Non Emergency: (808) 935-3311
  • Crime Stoppers: (808) 961-8300
  • Vice/Drug tip hotline: (808) 934-VICE (8423)

To inquire about a neighborhood watch in your area or if you would like to start one, contact a Puna Community Police officer at (808) 965-2716.

PĀHOA POLICE STATION
15-2615 Kea‘auPāhoa Road
(808) 9652716

CALL 911 FOR EMERGENCIES

RELATED BIN LINK
Puna District Crime Report: Dec. 1–31, 2017

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