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Puna man charged in burglary, vandalism at Hilo ice factory

A 22-year-old Puna man will appear in court Monday on charges relating to a burglary and vandalism at the Alii Ice Co. on Banyan Drive in Hilo.

Clinton Ronald Souza of Volcano, on supervised release in a robbery case, was charged Thursday with  burglary during a civil defense emergency, five counts of unauthorized entry to a motor vehicle, two counts of criminal property damage and theft, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports.

Burglary during a civil defense emergency is a Class A felony punishable by up to 20 years imprisonment. The break-in happened as the island was dealing with Tropical Storm Iselle.

Souza was being held at the Hilo police cellblock in lieu of $152,000 bail, pending his initial appearance in Hilo District Court.

In a written statement, Police Chief Harry Kubojiri said: “The Hawaii Police Department is committed to investigate all reported criminal activity affecting storm victims and to identify and arrest the responsible persons.”

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