A 22-year-old Puna man has been charged in connection with a break-in at Alii Ice in Hilo.
According to Big Island police, Clinton Ronald Souza broke the office door and removed some business information. He then allegedly entered a secured parking area and damaged four vehicles, including breaking several windows and an ignition system and damaging the engine of one of the vehicles.
“I believe it was repercussion because we started limiting the volume of ice we would sell to individuals and tried to disperse ice more of where it was needed after the hurricane,” said Alii Ice owner Jon Bockrath.
Bockrath shut down his business after the vandalism, but told KHON2 he plans to start limited deliveries on Saturday.
An investigation also tied Souza to a previous, unrelated vehicle break-in on the same street.
Souza was charged with burglary, burglary during a civil defense emergency, five counts of unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle, two counts of criminal property damage and theft.
His bail was set at $152,000.