Hilo man charged with 16 offenses after theft of elderly woman’s purse

Bronson I. K. Lee

A Hilo man has been charged with 16 offenses stemming from the theft of a purse.

The purse was stolen from an 87-year-old woman at a drug store on Puainako Street in Hilo just before 1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 22, police said. Shortly thereafter, the victim’s credit card was used at two businesses in the vicinity.

At 2:40 p.m., police arrested the suspect, Bronson I. K. Lee, 25, in the parking lot of a home improvement store on Makaala Street. He was taken to the Hilo police cellblock while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section continued the investigation.

At 2:25 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, Lee was charged with five counts of theft, three counts of forgery, four counts of ID theft and four counts of fraudulent use of a credit card.

His bail was set at $44,250.

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