Big Island Police Investigating Hilo Purse Snatching

Police are investigating a reported purse snatching that occurred yesterday in Downtown Hilo.

Palace Theater Alley

Palace Theater Alley

Yesterday (July 17, 2013) at about 12:50 pm, police responded to the lower Haili Street area after receiving a report from a 64 year-old Keaʻau woman that as she and another 59 year-old Keaʻau woman were walking along Haili Street, a local male apparently approached them from behind and removed her purse before fleeing in an alleyway below the Palace Theater.

The suspect was described as a local male in his late 20’s, last seen wearing a white tank-top undershirt, brown shorts, and a pair of slippers.

Neither woman was injured during the incident.

Police ask that anyone with information on this case or may have witnessed the robbery to call Detective Grant Todd at 961-2385 or by email at gtodd@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.

 

Big Island Police Searching for Suspect that Snatched Purse from 86-Year-Old Hilo Woman Causing Her to Fall

Big Island police are investigating a reported robbery in Hilo on Tuesday night (April 17).


At about 5:39 p.m. Tuesday, South Hilo patrol officers responded to a report of a purse snatching in Downtown Hilo. They learned that an 86-year-old Hilo woman had been walking along Haili Street near a movie theater when an unknown male pushed her from behind—causing her to fall—and stole her purse.

The victim sustained minor injuries but declined treatment.

The suspect is described as about 5-feet tall, approximately 130 pounds with a medium build and short black hair. He was wearing a tan shirt with orange rectangular designs, and possibly blue jeans.

Detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section are continuing the investigation into this incident, which is classified as a second-degree robbery.

Police ask that anyone with information on the identity of the suspect or anyone who may have witnessed the robbery contact either Detective Grant Todd by phone at 961-2385 or by email at gtodd@co.hawaii.hi.us or Detective Joel Field by phone at 961-2381 or by email at jfield@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.