South Hilo Crime Report: July 13–19

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Hawai‘i Police Department’s South Hilo Community Police responded to three burglaries, five vehicle thefts and eight vehicle break-ins over the seven-day period from Friday through Thursday, July 13 to 19, 2018.

Two of the five vehicles stolen were recovered by the time of this article was published.

The complete list of crime locations and dates are as follows:


  1. Between July 14 at 3 p.m. and July 16 at 4 p.m., unknown suspect(s) had entered into an apartment located near the 1400 block of Kapiolani Street without permission through an unlocked front door. Removed was a black in color tattoo set, a 32-inch Samsung TV and a set of Hawaiian jewelry earrings/bracelet.
  2. Between July 17 at 5 p.m. and July 18 at 9:30 a.m., unknown suspects had entered a residence located near the 200 block of Ainako Ave. that was being fumigated. Removed were a $10 dollar roll of quarters and multiple articles of jewelry. Entry was made into the residence by cutting the fumigation tent, then through a window.
  3. On July 19 between midnight and 5:51 a.m., a male suspect had damaged the front door to a business located near the 100 block of Kamehameha Avenue. The suspect then shattered a glass door to the business office to gain entry. The suspect stole a wireless laptop, a bottle of scotch, sunglasses, and Canon digital camera without permission. The break-in was captured on video. Investigators are currently working on identifying the male suspect.


  1. On July 15 at 12:11 a.m., a white 2009 Dodge Caliber was stolen from Lili‘uokalani Park on Banyan Drive by a male suspect described by the reporting party as being tall, bald and wearing a gray hoodie. The reporting party stated that he left the front doors open, with the engine running and keys in the ignition. Joshua Santos, 37, who was identified as the suspect was arrested on July 15 at 4:12 p.m. in Kohala for Theft 2 and Unauthorized Control of Propelled Vehicle. He was charged for the offenses
    at 6:40 p.m. that day and his bail was set at $20,000.
  2. On July 16 at 6:14 a.m., two unidentified male suspects stole a red 2012 Honda CVR 250 motorcycle bearing plates 644XPB from an apartment parking lot located near the 1900 block of Kalanianaole Street. The suspects loaded it onto a white Toyota Tacoma (unknown plates). Motorcycle not located.
  3. On July 17 at 5:35 p.m., unknown suspect(s) stole a gray 2010 Mazda 4DSD bearing plates ZGG879 from the side of the road fronting Kaumana Caves on Kaumana Drive.
    Vehicle not located.
  4. Between July 14 at 3:45 a.m. and July 18 at 8:30 a.m., unknown suspect(s) stole a white 2003 Toyota truck, plates 193HDB, from a business base yard located near the 600 block of Kalanianaole Street. Truck located on July 19.
  5. On July 16 at 4:30 p.m., unknown suspect(s) stole a white 2004 Toyota Tacoma 4 door 2WD truck, plates TBC216, while parked fronting a residence on Waihau Lane. Truck not located.


On July 13 between 11:10 and 11:20 am, a black Chevy 4dsd rental vehicle bearing
license plate no. ZGK386 was parked unattended at Onomea Bay off of Old Onomea
Road. Unknown suspect(s) made forcible entry through the passenger window
and removed numerous items without permission.
On July 13 at 2:30 pm, a silver 2018 Ford Explorer was broken into on Highway 19
by unknown suspect(s). Unknown if any items were removed.
On July 13 between 8:15 pm and 9:50 pm, a F-53 reported that her brown 1986
Toyota pickup truck was entered by her ex-boyfriend, M-48, while the truck was
parked near the roadway near the 1900 block on Kalanianaole Avenue. Two fuses,
an EFI and an ignition fuse, were removed from the side keep panel in the truck
without permission. F-53 reported that M-48 has a key for her truck. A witness observed
M-48 walking away from the truck.
On July 14 between 3:30 am and 7:30 am, unknown suspect(s) broke the front
passenger side window of a 2018 silver GMC terrain SUV rental vehicle. Removed
was a brown/gold-in-color coach purse containing a cellphone, 3 pairs of sunglasses,
approximately $500 U.S. currency (unknown denominations), and a passport.
On July 15 at 8:05 am, Alexander Hunt, M-61, was arrested for UEMV 2. This after
a witness reported that Hunt came into her property unannounced and she observed
Hunt enter her friend’s gray 2010 Mazda SUV, which was left unlocked behind her
residence near the 1300 block on Kinoole St. The witness reported that Hunt entered
the victim’s vehicle, from the front passenger side door and sat on the vehicle’s seat.
The victim was later contacted and he reported that he did not give Hunt permission
to enter his vehicle. Hunt was charged on 07-15-18 at 8:35 am. His bail was set at
On July 16 at 2:38 am, an unknown male entered a 2004 Toyota Tacoma without
permission while the truck was parked fronting a residence located near the 200
block on Puainako St. The victim reported hearing noises outside, and upon exiting
his residence he observed a male party within his truck. When he yelled out, the male suspect ran from the driver side door. The passenger side door lock had been
punched to gain entry. The truck was searched, but nothing was stolen.
On July 16 between 4 pm and 5:30 pm, unknown suspect(s) entered a 2018 Jeep
Wrangler rental vehicle while it was parked along the Onomea Scenic Route near the
Onomea Trail. The unknown suspect had shattered the rear passenger side window
and removed a tan and orange Nike backpack containing numerous items.
Between July 17 at 8 pm and July 18 at 8:15 am, unknown suspect(s) entered the
truck bed to a 2008 Toyota Tundra, without permission while it was parked on
Machida Lane. Removed was three Dewalt brand tool boxes containing numerous
power tools.



The Hawai‘i Police Department asks motorists to drive safely.

The HPD also asks residents and visitors alike to take the role as an observer: Watch for suspicious activity and notifying the police. You can make a difference!


Anyone wanting to start or be part of a neighborhood watch in their area should contact one of the South Hilo Community Police officers at (808) 961-8121.


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

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