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Man arrested for allegedly taking top of spear from Kamehameha statue in Hilo


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Hawaii County police arrested a 31-year-old homeless man Thursday afternoon for allegedly removing and stealing a segment of the spear of the Hilo King Kamehameha statue. 

Police arrested the former Oahu man in Hilo at 3 p.m. Thursday on suspicion of second-degree theft and second-degree criminal property damage. 

He was also arrested on suspicion of third-degree theft for allegedly taking a pipe and chain from a nearby used car lot, police said. 

Police said the man was caught on video surveillance walking to the statue and carrying the stolen items.

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