Suspect charged in Big Island burglary, car break-ins

Big Island Police - Hawaii County Police

Hawaii Island police have charged a suspect in an early morning burglary in Kealakekua.

At 4:36 a.m. Tuesday, police responded to a report of a burglary in progress at an apartment complex on Kiloa Rd. A 75-year-old woman reported that she awoke to find an unknown man in a green hooded sweatshirt rummaging though items in her apartment. After the suspect ran from the apartment, the victim discovered that her purse had been removed from her truck.

Police arrested John Small, 20, of Captain Cook and recovered property belonging to the victim and other property that had been removed from another vehicle at the same apartment complex. They also recovered 4.9 grams of marijuana.

Small was charged with first-degree burglary, two counts of unauthorized entry of a motor vehicle, two counts of theft, and one count each of theft of a credit card, unauthorized possession of personal information and promoting a detrimental drug. His bail is set at $68,000.

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