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Big Isle police probe destruction of 8,500 papaya trees

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 12:48 p.m. HST, Jul 1, 2010

Big Island police are investigating the destruction of more than 8,500 papaya trees in Puna, with damage estimated at $100,000.

Officers responded to the report at 10:33 a.m. yesterday at a farm near Route 132, in Alohalani.

The trees, ranging in height from 6 to 10 feet, had been cut to the ground, police said.

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