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Big Island Police Seeking the Public’s Help in Identifying Suspects in Thursdays Robbery in Kona

Big Island police are asking for the public’s help in identifying suspects involved in a robbery Thursday afternoon (January 12) at a business in the Kona District.

Top: Suspects in Thursday's robbery fled in a Jeep similar to this. Bottom: Surveillance image from Jan. 5 robbery

Shortly before 1 p.m. a man described as a local male with a dark complexion entered the Keauhou Store in Holualoa and forcibly removed an undisclosed amount of money from the cash register. A 34-year-old female cashier suffered minor injuries but declined medical treatment.

Surveillance video shows the suspect and another man, who appears to be standing lookout in front of the store.

The first suspect was described as in his mid-20s to mid-30s, approximately 5-foot-10, 150-170 pounds, unshaven and with kinky dark hair. He was wearing blue jeans and a green T-shirt, slippers and a white cap with a dark brim. The second suspect is described as Caucasion, in his mid 20s, with a slim build and a goatee. He was wearing a light green shirt with buttons, a light-colored baseball cap, dark shorts and shoes.

They both fled north on Highway 180 in a white 2-door Jeep Wrangler with a tan hard top. The Jeep is similar to a Sahara model.

Detectives believe the primary suspect was also involved in a robbery in the Kaloko business area on January 5.

Both men are considered dangerous and possibly armed. Police again advised the public not to approach them.

Police ask that anyone with information on their identity or whereabouts call Detective Walter Ah Mow at 326-4646, extension 238, or the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

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