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Police investigate burglaries during tsunami evacuation

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 01:59 p.m. HST, Oct 30, 2012

Hawaii County police are investigating several home burglaries that took place in the Keaukaha area of Hilo during the tsunami evacuation Saturday night. 

Police said eight homes were broken into on Kalanianaole Ave.

Detectives are investigating the cases as a "burglary of a dwelling during a civil defense emergency," which is a Class A felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison. 

Police ask that anyone with information about the thefts to  call Sergeant James Correa at (808) 961-2289 or the Police Department's non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311.  Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at (808) 961-8300 in Hilo or (808) 329-8181 in Kona.

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Pocho wrote:
this is SAD! Bums preying on people in emergencies
on October 30,2012 | 02:10PM
nitpikker wrote:
big island is the new WILD WEST.
on October 30,2012 | 02:28PM
allie wrote:
Big Island has little law enforcement, a silly mayor and a lawless population in places
on October 30,2012 | 02:30PM
Anonymous wrote:
Different from Honolulu in which way?
on October 30,2012 | 03:46PM
bumba wrote:
Agree 100%
on October 30,2012 | 04:08PM
loquaciousone wrote:
I bet our Mayor is more silly than theirs.
on October 31,2012 | 04:13AM
808chubs wrote:
Effen crackheads.
on October 30,2012 | 04:17PM
niimi wrote:
It think felony law penalties are written upside-down for they should impose MINIMUM penalties instead of Maximum. In other words, a class A felony ought to be written such that maybe the minimum time spent in prison is 10 or 15 years without exception. Then instead of giving time off for good behavior, add time for bad behavior.
on October 30,2012 | 04:23PM
Kaneahi wrote:
This one has me confused. Why is it a bigger issue during a state emergency than any other time. I would just assume that if someone breaks in my home and gets caught that the charge would be the same, 24/7, 365 days out of the year. Our government really likes to makes things complicated!
on October 30,2012 | 05:53PM
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