Burglars Hit Hilo During Tsunami Evacuation

Big Island police are investigating several break-ins that took place in the Keaukaha area of Hilo during the tsunami evacuation Saturday night (October 27).

Eight residential burglaries were reported on Kalanianaʻole Avenue. Police are investigating each one as a “burglary of a dwelling during a civil defense emergency,” which is a Class A felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

Police ask that anyone with information about these burglaries (or anyone who didn’t evacuate and saw suspicious persons in the area) call Sergeant James Correa at 961-2289 or the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.


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  • M C

    Why am I not surprised this happened? The County of Hawaii Police Department is the ONLY P.D. I’ve ever seen anywhere in the United States that does NOT patrol – no matter what! Anyone living in the Hilo area knows full well that even under threat of a tsunami, police officers and units make a single run through a neighborhood, then either promptly disappear or sit idly by in an intersection. Simply useless.