Hilo couple charged with multiple offenses after burglaries

Aubrey and Gregory Harper

A Hilo couple has been charged with multiple offenses in connection with two burglaries and a vehicle break-in.

Aubrey Harper, 33, and Gregory Harper, 37, were arrested on Thursday, March 5.

Police say shortly after 7 a.m. Thursday, a concerned citizen saw Harper breaking into a vehicle at the Hilo Bayfront area. After being confronted by the citizen, he left in a vehicle being driven by a woman.

The vehicle was later located by patrol officers in the area of the University of Hawaii at Hilo.

Police arrested the couple and, after further investigation, determined that they may have been involved in two separate burglaries that occurred earlier in the week in Puna.

On Sunday, March 1, the caretaker of a Kalapana Seaview Estates home reported confronting a man and a woman leaving a home on Moaniala Street. The pair left in a vehicle with items that had been removed from the home.

On Monday, March 2, a Leilani Estates woman reported finding that her home on Malama Street had been broken into and that a television and other items had been removed from within.

Officers were able to locate and recover some of the items removed in these burglaries and link them to the couple.

Aubrey Harper was charged with two counts of first-degree burglary, second-degree theft, fourth-degree theft, reckless endangering in the second-degree and a variety of traffic offenses. Her total bail was set at $14,275.

Gregory Harper was charged with two counts of first-degree burglary, second-degree theft, unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle, theft in the fourth-degree and resisting arrest. His total bail was set at $14,750.

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