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Man Charged in Connection to Theft Incidents in Downtown Hilo

March 9, 2022, 2:07 PM HST
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A Hilo man is facing an array of property crime offenses in connection to two separate incidents, occurring about a month apart, in the downtown Hilo area.

George Akana Cruz Labrador

According to Hawaiʻi Police Department, the first incident occurred on Feb. 8 when the suspect, later identified as 32-year-old George Akana Cruz Labrador, was seen on video surveillance entering into a business on Kinoʻole Street and removing various electronic items and other miscellaneous items valued at more than $5,200. The second incident occurred on Wednesday, March 2, in which Labrador was observed entering a vehicle on Kilauea Avenue, and removing items and more than $7,000 in U.S. currency.

On Tuesday afternoon, March 8, after conferring with the County Prosecutors Office, police charged Labrador with second-degree burglary, first-degree unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle, three counts of second-degree theft, and unauthorized possession of personal confidential information. His total bail was set at $60,000.

Additionally, Labrador was arrested and charged on the strength of a no-bail probation violation warrant issued by the Hilo Circuit Court.

In addition to these charges, police detectives have forwarded a separate second-degree burglary case to County Prosecutors Office for review. In that case, Labrador has been positively identified as a suspect in the burglary of a restaurant on Pauahi Street in Hilo.

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Labrador, who has no permanent address and is known to live in the downtown Hilo area, remains in police custody pending his initial court appearance scheduled today in Hilo District Court.

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