Hawaii Island police looking for suspected burglary accomplices

Isaac A.M. Rosa

Hawaii Island police report Monday that a Hilo man has been charged with burglary and drug offenses, and police are asking for the public’s help in identifying possible accomplices.

On Thursday, Sept. 10, a 57-year-old Hilo man reported that when he returned to his home on Puueo Mauka Road in the Wainaku area, he saw a Nissan Pathfinder in his driveway with three unknown persons standing next to it. The strangers got into the SUV and fled, striking the victim’s pickup truck while he was still in it, and then drove into downtown Hilo.

The Pathfinder was later located on the sidewalk of Keawe Street facing against the direction of traffic of the one-way street near the intersection with Furneaux Lane. Three males were seen running from the area of the abandoned SUV. Officers located two of them, 22-year-old Isaac A. M. Rosa of Mountain View and a 16-year-old boy.

Rosa was initially arrested and charged on a warrant for violating terms of supervised release and was held without bail on that offense. He was in possession of property belonging to the burglary victim and a clear zip packet containing a crystalline substance suspected to be methamphetamine. The juvenile was arrested on an unrelated juvenile warrant of arrest

Both suspects were taken to the Hilo police station while officers continued the investigation. The juvenile was later released to the jurisdiction of Family Court, while Rosa was held in the police cellblock.

Rosa made his initial appearance in District Court on Friday, Sept. 11, on the warrant and then was taken to Hawaii Community Correctional Center while the other investigation continued.

Police executed a search warrant on the Pathfinder, which had been reported stolen. From inside, they recovered items belonging to the burglary victim.

Later Friday, Rosa was charged with burglary, theft, promotion of a dangerous drug and possession of drug paraphernalia. His bail on those offenses was set at $55,000. He remained at HCCC until his initial court appearance on Monday, Sept. 14.

Police believe other persons were involved in this burglary and ask anyone who knows their identity or anything else about this case to call the Area I Criminal Investigations Section at 961-2272.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the islandwide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

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