Community: 10-12-21 Police Seek Public’s Assistance in Agricultural Theft Investigation

Community: 10-12-21 Police Seek Public’s Assistance in Agricultural Theft Investigation

Hawai‘i Island police are requesting the public’s assistance for information regarding an agricultural theft that occurred in Hilo on Thursday, October 7, 2021.

At 6:20 p.m. on October 7, 2021, Hilo Patrol Officers responded to a facility off Mamalahoa Highway in the Wainaku area where they discovered two men in a vehicle with over 600 pounds of bananas.  The bananas were recently picked and the men did not have a bill of sale or receipt for transport. The two suspects were identified and the bananas were recovered, however the owners of the produce remain unknown.

Police ask anyone with information about this theft of produce to contact Officer Jonathan Masutani at (808) 961-2213, via email at jonathan.masutani@hawaiicounty.gov or call the police department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the islandwide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

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