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Hawaii County police investigate theft of 1,200 pounds of longan fruit

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Hawaii County police are investigating the theft of 1,200 pounds of longan fruit from several farms in Kurtistown on the east side of Hawaii island.

Twenty longan plants and more than 1,200 pounds of the fruit were reported stolen between Feb. 21 and Thursday, police said.

Anyone with information about the thefts is asked to call officers Scott Amaral or Sandor Finkey at 965-2718 or police at 935-3311. Anonymous tips can be made to Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona.

The fruit, also known as dragon’s eye, has a golden-brown skin with a translucent inner flesh, according to the website for Hula Brothers, which ships longan from Kurtistown.

Police didn’t give a value for the stolen fruit, but Hula Brothers is selling an 8-pound case of longan for $64.95 through its website. The price includes shipping.

 

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