Hawaiʻi Island Police have arrested and charged two individuals with multiple property crime offenses stemming from a burglary incident that occurred last Thursday (April 2) in Hilo. Police have identified the individuals as 28-year-old Kayla Kanoelani Shoyko Ayala and 31-year-old Darren Seiji Miura, both of Hilo.
On Thursday afternoon, around 3:00 p.m., an officer assigned to the Area I Special Enforcement Unit observed a vehicle on Haihai Street with a large object sticking out of the open rear driver-side door. As the officer went to investigate, the vehicle pulled into a driveway on Puainako Street. It was at this time that it was learned that the large object sticking out of the vehicle was a large cooler. The female driver (Ayala) and male passenger (Miura) both exited the vehicle and ran from the vehicle. As additional officers arrived in the area to assist, an area search was conducted, and after a brief foot pursuit, both individuals were taken into custody.
During the course of this investigation, it was learned that the cooler had just been stolen from a residence on Oihana Street.
Upon conferring with prosecutors, Ayala was charged with first-degree Burglary, first-degree Theft, Burglary of Dwelling during Emergency Period, and Driving without a Driver’s License. Her bail was set at $70,500.
Miura was charged with first-degree Burglary, first-degree Theft, Burglary of Dwelling during Emergency Period, and Habitual Property Crime. His bail was set at $75,000. Additionally, Miura was arrested and charged for three (3) outstanding warrants, for Contempt of Court and Violating Bail. Total bail $8,100.
Ayala and Miura remained in police custody in lieu of bail. Their initial court appearance was scheduled for Monday (April 6) in South Hilo District Court.
Police want to remind the public that in light of the current COVID-19 (coronavirus) Emergency Proclamation which was declared by Hawaiʻi Governor David Ige, that there are enhanced penalties for certain offenses. These offenses include, but not limited to, burglary, theft, criminal property damage, and robbery.