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Hilo woman arrested in school booster club theft

Big Island police have arrested a 42-year-old Hilo woman after she allegedly stole more than $10,000 from the Waiakea Intermediate School Ukulele Band Booster Club.

Police arrested the woman who serves as the club’s vice president Tuesday afternoon on suspicion of second-degree theft and false reporting to law enforcement authorities.

Police said the suspect reported to patrol officers Tuesday that an unknown suspect entered her Waiakea Uka home and removed personal belongings including cash that belonged to the booster club.

During an investigation, police determined the 42-year-old woman “took the money for herself, staged the burglary and made the fictitious report to police about a break-in,” police said in a news release.

The suspect remains in custody as police continue their investigation.

Anyone with information on the theft is asked to call the Hawaii Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or Det. Tuckloy Aurello at 961-2385 or e-mail at Tuckloy.aurello@hawaiicounty.com.

Tipsters also may call CrimeStoppers at 961-8300.

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