South Hilo Crime Report: Aug. 17–23, 2018

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Hawai‘i Police Department’s South Hilo Community Police responded to three burglaries, five vehicle thefts and six vehicle break-ins over the seven-day period from Friday through Thursday, Aug 17 to 23.

Two of vehicles were recovered by the time this report was published.

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


  1. On Aug. 17, at 2:04 a.m., officers responded to a report of an alarm near the 100 block on Kekela Street. Upon officers arrival two glass front doors were damaged. Unknown suspect(s) attempted to remove or break into an ATM within the store. Review of surveillance video shows that at approximately 1:59 am, an unknown party with gloves on and a covered face goes into the store, after a white in color pickup truck reversed into the doors to gain entry. Visible party attached a cable/rope to the ATM, and then the vehicle drove forward in an unsuccessful attempt to pull/open the ATM. Suspects then fled in the truck.
  2. On Aug. 17, at approximately 1:56 a.m., a caller reported hearing a loud crash at a gas station located near the 1700 block on Kīlauea Avenue. Upon officers arrival contact was made with a neighbor, who stated that the front glass door to the 76 gas station was damaged by an unknown person. The manager of the gas station was contacted and responded to the above mentioned location. Video surveillance was reviewed which displayed an unknown male breaking the glass to the front door with a metal pipe object. Video also showed a white in color pick-up truck reverse toward the door. Nothing was stolen.
  3. Between Aug. 17, at 4:30 p.m. and Aug. 20, at 5:30 a.m., unknown suspect(s) broke the front glass door to a business located near the 200 block on Kekuanaoa Street. Items stolen were the cash till from within the cash register, and a small safe.


  1. On Aug. 17, between 1:30 a.m. and 1:45 a.m., unknown suspect(s) stole a white 2005 Chevy Silverado, bearing plates 330TRW from the Edith Kanakaole Tennis Stadium. Vehicle recovered on Aug. 17, 2018..
  2. On Aug. 19, between 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., unknown suspect(s) removed a silver 2012 Chevy Malibu that was parked on Laimana Street. The victim related that her ex-boyfriend, M-34 has a spare key, and that they recent were in a verbal argument over the phone prior to her vehicle being stolen. Vehicle recovered on Aug. 20, 2018.
  3. On Aug. 20, at approximately 4:40 a.m., unknown suspect(s) removed a white in color 1993 Isuzu pick-up truck bearing plates 823HEA, from near the 2600 block on Kilauea Avenue. The vehicle was last seen heading out of the driveway at approx. 4:40 a.m. heading Puna bound on Kīlauea Avenue. Vehicle not located.
  4. On Aug. 22, at approximately 9:30 p.m., unknown suspect(s) stole a gray 2014 Honda Civic bearing license plates SFT269 from near the 100 block on Waianuenue Avenue. Vehicle not located.
  5. On Aug. 22, between 12 p.m. and 8 a.m., unknown suspect(s) stole a gold 2001 Toyota Corolla bearing plates HAX127, while it was parked near the 300 block on Ohai Street. Vehicle not located.


  1. On Aug. 17, between 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m., a M-55, reported that while seated within the driver’s side door of his 1994 Toyota Camry, a male party identified as “Eddie” approached his driver’s window and punched him once to the left side of his face. M-55 stated that “Eddie” then reached into the center portion of his vehicle and removed his white colored phone charging cable without permission.
  2. Between Aug. 17, at 6 p.m. and Aug. 19 at 8 a.m., unknown suspect(s) entered an unlocked white Honda CRV and removed multiple items while it was parked on Pukihae Street.
  3. Between Aug. 18, at 1 p.m. and Aug. 19 at 11 a.m., unknown suspect(s) entered an unlocked black 2005 Kia 4-door sedan while it was parked near the 800 block on Iolani Street. The car battery was removed from the vehicle.
  4. Between Aug. 19 at 5 p.m. and Aug. 20, at 6 a.m., unknown suspect(s) entered a green 2004 Mazda Miata while the vehicle was parked near the 100 block on Aupuni Street. Unknown suspect(s) cut the soft top of the vehicle, damaged the ignition area, and removed a “sound stream” brand 1500 watt amp and 6 music cd’s.
  5. Nathan Russell, M-26, was arrested for UEMV 1. This after an officer was making checks for a suspect in a theft that occurred on Hualani Street. The officer contacted Nathan Russell, who matched the description, near the 700 block on Kamehameha Avenue. When the officer approached Russell near the back of his police subsidized vehicle, Russell ran around the front of the vehicle and opened the unlocked driver door. Russell then sat in the driver seat while the vehicle was still running with emergency lights flashing. The officer was able to get Russell out of his vehicle, and arrest him after a brief struggle. Russell made spontaneous statement to another officer that he wanted to steal the vehicle.
  6. On Aug. 23, between 12:20 p.m. and 1 p.m., unknown suspect(s) broke into a 2017 Toyota Camry while it was parked in a parking lot near the 300 block on Waianuenue Avenue. A purse with miscellaneous personal items was stolen.



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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