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Big Island Police Charge 37-Year-Old Pahoa Man in Connection with Puna Burglary

Big Island police have charged a 37-year-old Pāhoa man in connection with a burglary in Puna last week.

On June 13 at about 3 p.m., police responded to a call from a 32-year-old Pāhoa man who reported that upon returning to his Nānāwale Estates home, he discovered someone had broken into the house and removed several items with an estimated combined value of $2,500.

Jesse Robert Murray

Detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section arrested Jesse Robert Murray at 12:05 p.m.Tuesday (July 17) for this incident and for an unrelated theft case in Kailua-Kona on July 6. Detectives have recovered several of the items allegedly stolen.

At 4:30 p.m. Wednesday (July 18), Murray was charged with one count of first-degree burglary and two counts of second-degree theft. His bail was set at $45,000. He was scheduled to make his initial court appearance today.

Police ask that anyone with information on recent burglary activities contact either Detective John Rodrigues Jr. by phone at 961-2384 or by email at jrodrigues@co.hawaii.hi.us or Detective Royce Serrao by phone at 961-8810 or by email at rpserrao@co.hawaii.hi.us.

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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