Hawaii Police Bust Hilo Couple With Stolen Credit Card After Owner of Card Tracks Them Down

Hawaiʻi Island police have charged a Hilo couple with several offenses involving a stolen credit card.

Around 4 p.m. Wednesday (October 23), police received a phone call from a 22-year-old woman, who reported that she and her husband were following a sports-utility vehicle that was occupied by a man and woman suspected of using her husband’s stolen credit card. The vehicle was subsequently stopped by patrol officers, who arrested both occupants at 4:20 p.m. The SUV was recovered as evidence.

The victim, a 21-year-old Hilo man, informed police that at about 2:30 p.m., the same vehicle and its occupants had arrived at a repair shop on Railroad Avenue in Hilo to inquire about a possible repair. After a short time, the couple abruptly left in the SUV.

Shortly thereafter, the victim received phone calls from his financial institution reporting suspicious transactions at two retail stores on Makaʻala Street. The victim then discovered that his wallet and its contents, which had been at the repair shop, were missing.

After observing the same SUV on Makaʻala Street, the victim and his wife began to follow it and called police to report its location.

Brandi Heather McKee

Brandi Heather McKee

After their arrests, 30-year-old Brandi Heather McKee and 33-year-old Steven Robert Giatroudakis, both of Hilo, were taken to the Hilo police cellblock while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigation Section continued the investigation.

Steven Robert Giatroudakis

Steven Robert Giatroudakis

At 11 p.m. Thursday (October 24), after conferring with prosecutors, detectives charged both McKee and Giatroudakis with theft/forgery of a credit card, second-degree identity theft, third-degree identity theft, second-degree theft, third-degree theft, fourth-degree theft and two counts of fraudulent use of a credit card. Bail was set at $15, 750 each. They were scheduled to make their initial court appearance Friday afternoon.

Police were able to recover the victim’s wallet and merchandise allegedly purchased with his credit card.

“Immediate reporting of crimes involving a stolen credit or debit card is critical to a timely solution,” said Lieutenant Greg Esteban of the Area I Criminal Investigation Section. “Other factors in preventing victimization include keeping credit cards and debit cards in a safe location and conducting periodic and regular checks on your statements.”

Body Glove Turns 60

Body Glove International, has been in business for 60 years now and celebrated its anniversary in Kona last night with a party open to the public at the Royal Kona Resort.

me and body glove creature

In 1953, twin brothers Bill and Bob Meistrell co-founded Body Glove when they designed the first practical wetsuit.  Sixty-years later, Body Glove is one of the very few family owned water sports brands in the world.

According to company president, Russ Lesser, “The company has thrived and been successful and I’m proud to have been part of that along with the rest of our team which is a great team, the fact that we have been here for 60 years speaks for itself, its great… it means we have done a few things right.”

Peter Townend (surfing’s first world champion) stated the following about Body Glove, “It’s incredible to think that the brand Body Glove is going to celebrate its 60th anniversary… and that its still all a family, I just think that it’s kind of special as there are few brands in the world that still have the family running it.”

Representatives of the company sent me a DVD with the following movie on it:


Got Drugs? Drug Take-Back Initiative

The Hawaiʻi Police Department is encouraging the public to participate in a nationwide prescription drug take-back initiative being sponsored in Hawaiʻi by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the state Department of the Attorney General and the Department of Public Safety.

Got Drugs 2013

On Saturday, October 26, members of the public may turn in unused, unneeded or expired prescription medications between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the following collection sites for safe, anonymous disposal:

Army Aviation Support Facility
(adjacent to Civil Air Patrol)
1095 Kekūanāoʻa St.
Kona police station parking lot
74-611 Hale Makaʻi Place

Tablets, capsules and all other solid dosage forms will be accepted. Intravenous solutions, injectables and syringes will not be accepted.

Illicit substances such as marijuana or methamphetamine are not a part of this initiative.

Having unused and expired medicine in your home increases the risk of prescription drug abuse and accidental poisoning. Proper disposal also helps reduce the risk of prescription drugs entering a human water supply or potentially harming aquatic life.

For more information about the drug take-back program, visit http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html.