Kurtistown Man Charged in Connection to Stolen Toyota Tacoma in Puna

December 16, 2021, 10:49 AM HST
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Jessie Gamilo

A Kurtistown man is set to appear in Hilo District Court, today, Dec. 16, on a myriad of offenses including vehicle theft. This will mark the seventh person arrested and charged in the past 10 days related to auto-theft offenses.

Thirty-five-year-old Jessie Gamilo was charged in relation to the theft and unauthorized operation of a Toyota Tacoma, that was originally reported stolen on Aug. 5 from a Hawaiian Paradise Park residence. Gamilo allegedly altered the appearance of the truck and was found in possession of methamphetamine and a stolen credit card.

Gamilo is facing second-degree theft, first-degree unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle, unauthorized possession of confidential or personal information, third-degree promotion of a dangerous drug and prohibited acts related to drug paraphernalia.

At the time of Gamilo’s arrest, he was also wanted on two outstanding warrants for unrelated matters.

According to court records, Gamilo was also on supervised release for another unrelated felony unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle and unauthorized possession of confidential personal information case that allegedly occurred in 2019.


Gamilo remains in custody in lieu of $40,000 bail pending his initial appearance today in Hilo District Court.

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