Suspect caught on surveillance in Big Island burglary

Surveillance shot of suspect released by Hawaii Island police

Hawaii Island police are looking for the man captured on video surveillance during a residential burglary on March 16 in Hilo.

At about 8:06 p.m. Sunday, police responded to the upper portion of Kukuau St. after receiving a report of a burglary. Responding officers discovered that the house had been forcibly entered while its occupants, a 45-year-old Hilo man and his 43-year-old wife, were in a separate portion of the home. Police learned that several valuables were removed from the house and recovered surveillance video footage.

Surveillance photo of the vehicle
Courtesy: Hawaii Island police

According to the video, a man exited a light-colored late-model four-door sedan, which he parked on the shoulder in front of the property before walking to the front door. The suspect paused at the door before returning to the vehicle, which then left. The suspect returned to the home several minutes later, but left prior to officers’ arrival. Detectives have classified the break-in as a first-degree burglary.

Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspect, who appears to be in his 30s, between 6-feet tall and 6-foot-4 with a slim build, fair complexion and neatly cut dark brown hair. He was last seen wearing khaki shorts, slippers and a black long-sleeved shirt with images on both the back and front.

Police ask anyone with information on this incident or anyone who may recognize the suspect to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or contact Detective John Rodrigues Jr. at 961-8222 or by email.

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