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Leilani Estates Burglary Suspect Arrested

May 9, 2018, 7:44 PM HST
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Hawaiʻi Island police have arrested a Pāhoa man in connection with the burglary of a residence in the Leilani Estates Subdivision.

The area is covered by an Emergency Proclamation declared by the Mayor’s Office on May 3.

On Wednesday, May 9, the victim, a 66-year old man, told police that he and an acquaintance arrived at his Moku Street home to retrieve personal belongings when the victim encountered a man exiting the office of the residence. The victim discovered that the suspect had keys in his possession that were taken from the office.

At 12:03 p.m., the suspect, 29-year-old Alexandru Stingu-Dragomir was arrested without incident after the victim and his acquaintance took the suspect to the police checkpoint at the Highway 130 and Leilani Avenue intersection.

Stingu-Dragomir will be held at the Hilo cellblock while detectives with the Area I Criminal Investigation Section continue the investigation that is classified as a burglary of a dwelling during an emergency period.

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Detectives have also linked the suspect to another residential burglary in Leilani Estates and are continuing that investigation, as well.

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Section 708-817 of the Hawai‘i Revised Statutes provides that if a person commits the offense of burglary of a dwelling during an emergency period proclaimed by the governor or mayor pursuant to chapter 127A and within the area covered by the emergency period, the offender is subject to a Class “A” felony, punishable by up to 20 years of incarceration.

Anyone who may have information about these incidents is asked to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311 or Detective William Brown of the Area I Criminal Investigation Section at (808 ) 961-2384 or [email protected].

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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