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Hilo Man Charged in Theft Spree

March 1, 2021, 7:45 PM HST
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Hawai‘i Island police have charged 28-year-old Bryan Kaipo Pi´ilani, of Hilo, with theft after he allegedly stole items from three stores in Hilo late last month.

On Saturday morning, Feb. 27, 2021, Pi´ilani was located at a residence on W. Kawailani Street in Hilo, where he was arrested police detectives.

After conferring with county prosecutors, detectives charged Pi´ilani on Sunday morning with two counts of first-degree theft during an emergency period and fourth-degree theft. His bail was set at $51,000.

The charges stem from three separate shoplifting incidents last month, during which Pi´ilani reportedly entered a retail establishment and removed various items without paying for them. All three incidents occurred in Hilo.

Police said that on Monday, Feb. 22, Pi´ilani removed approximately $160 worth of items from a surplus store on Mamo Street. On Tuesday, Feb. 23, Pi´ilani removed approximately $379 worth of items from a convenience store on Kino´ole Street. Then on Thursday, Feb. 25, Pi´ilani removed approximately $365 worth of items from a convenience store on W. Kawailani Street. In all three incidents, Pi´ilani was observed on the store’s video surveillance cameras.  

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Pi´ilani remained in police custody pending his initial court appearance which was scheduled for today, Monday, March 1, in Hilo District Court.

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Police want to remind the public that in light of Governor David Ige’s current COVID-19 emergency proclamation, that there are enhanced penalties for certain offenses. These offenses include, but are not limited to, burglary, theft, criminal property damage, and robbery. 

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