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Big Island Police Arrest 25-Year-Old Hilo Woman on Multiple Theft and Forgery Charges

Hawaiʻi Island police arrested a 25-year-old Hilo woman at the Hilo airport Tuesday on multiple theft and forgery charges.

Suzy Cho Chun

Suzy Cho Chun

Suzy Cho Chun of Keaʻau was being investigated in connection with 28 forged checks from her former place of business. The checks, totaling more than $9,000, were cashed at various financial institutions around the island.

Police investigators received an anonymous tip that Chun, who was off island, would be returning to Hawaiʻi Island via the Hilo airport on Tuesday. She was arrested there at 2 p.m.

Chun was charged the same day with 29 counts of theft and 28 counts of forgery. Her bail was set at $89,750. She was also arrested on two counts of revocation of supervised release based on no-bail bench warrants issued by District Court.

She is being held at Hawaiʻi Community Correctional Center pending a preliminary hearing in District Court scheduled for Thursday afternoon (August 8).

Hilo Man Charged With Burglary, Woman Charged with Possession of Stolen Property

Hawaiʻi Island police have charged a 26-year-old Hilo man for breaking into a home in Hilo last week.

Scottie I.K. Yanagawa

Scottie I.K. Yanagawa

At 2 p.m. Tuesday (May 7), after conferring with prosecutors, detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section charged Scottie I.K. Yanagawa with first-degree burglary and second-degree theft. Yanagawa’s bail was set at $35,000. He is scheduled to make his initial court appearance Wednesday (May 8).

On May 3 at about 5:16 p.m., police received a call from a 38-year-old Hilo woman that her home in the upper Ainaola Drive area had been entered and several items had been removed.

Police received information that some of the items were sold to second-hand dealers in the Hilo area. Police were able to recover some of the stolen property, which led to Yanagawa’s identification. He was arrested Tuesday morning (May 7) and was held in the Hilo police cellblock while detectives continued the investigation.

Suzy Cho Chun

Suzy Cho Chun

In addition, a woman and a man who accompanied her were arrested over the weekend in connection with the same incident. On Saturday (May 4) at 2 p.m., 25-year-old Suzy Cho Chun of Hilo was arrested on suspicion of second-degree theft for being in possession of items from the burglary. She was held at the Hilo police cellblock while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section continued the investigation. At 11:45 p.m., after conferring with prosecutors, detectives charged Chun with second-degree theft. Her bail was set $2,000. She made her initial court appearance on Monday.

The man who was arrested with Chun was subsequently released without charges.