Kona Man Charged Following Vehicle Break-ins at Business in Kaloko Industrial Area
A Kona man is facing a burglary charge in connection to multiple vehicle break-ins at a business in the Kaloko Industrial Area earlier this week.
Thirty-two-year-old Andrew Graszer was arrested on May 2 after Hawaii police responded to a report of theft from within a motor vehicle shortly after 6:30 a.m. Through the course of their investigation, officers learned that four company vehicles had been unlawfully entered into, with tools and other items taken without permission.
Police located Graszer, who was in the vicinity of where the crimes occurred. Through preliminary investigation and the public’s assistance, police were able to identify him as the suspect, and subsequently placed him under arrest.
Graszer was later charged with second-degree burglary and four counts of first-degree unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle (UEMV). His bail was set at $10,000.
Unable to post bail, Graszer remained in police custody until he made his initial court appearance on Wednesday, May 4 in Kona District Court. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for May 9.
Police recommend businesses and private citizens mark or engrave their property and record serial numbers. Both actions greatly increase the police department’s ability to identify stolen property and solve crimes.
Many times when property is taken, police say the items are indistinguishable from others of the same make. Marking property sets it apart from similar items, thereby allowing police to confirm that the item belongs to the person who reported it stolen.
Serial numbers are also critical for helping to identify property. Simply recording the number in a notebook or similar log can be extremely helpful to police investigators and can assist with the apprehension and prosecution of suspects.