A 24-year-old Hilo man has been charged in connection with the theft of an ambulance from Hilo Medical Center.
The theft occurred on Thursday, July 20. Staff reported at 1:43 p.m. that a privately owned ambulance belonging American Medical Response (AMR) was stolen from the hospital.
An extensive search by police and AMR personnel was underway when a witness reported seeing the ambulance on Leilani Street, leading into the solid-waste transfer station.
At 2:20 p.m., police located the ambulance and arrested Maksim Stasyuk at the scene without incident.
On Friday, July 21, at 5:25 p.m., Stasyuk was charged with first-degree theft and two counts of criminal property damage. He was held at the Hilo cellblock in lieu of $36,000 bail and appeared in South Hilo District Court on Monday, July 24.
Anyone who may have witnessed the incident or has any other information about it is asked to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311 or Detective Kayne Kelii of the Area I Criminal Investigation Section at (808) 961-2378 or Kayne.Kelii@hawaiicounty.gov.
Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the island-wide Crime Stoppers number at (808) 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.