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Police Seek 7 People for Questioning in Agricultural Thefts Along Hāmākua Coast

September 9, 2021, 10:37 AM HST
* Updated September 9, 11:31 AM
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Authorities seek the publicʻs help in identifying seven individuals for questioning in several agricultural thefts occurring in the Pepe‘ekeō and Hāmākua areas.

In all, about 1,500 pounds of fruit were stolen with a value of $5,000 to $6,000. Stolen produce included durian, mangosteen, lemons, avocadoes, and lychee.

The thefts took place along the Hāmākua Coast between June and September.

“Agricultural theft is a serious crime and the department is committed in pursuing those who commit these crimes,” said Hawaiʻi Police Departmentʻs Lt. William Derr of the South Hilo Community Policing Section.

Police ask that anyone with information on the identity of these individuals or information regarding agricultural thefts in the Pepe‘ekeō and Hāmākua areas to call Officer D. Abalos of the Hilo Community Policing Section at 808-961-8849 or send an email at [email protected].

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