Big Island residents on alert after theft reports increase

By Melvin Givens, Digital Editor, Digital Editor
Published On: Aug 12 2014 07:27:23 PM HST
Updated On: Aug 12 2014 09:36:33 PM HST

Concerns over theft have some Big Island residents on alert.

HAWAIIAN ACRES, Hawaii -

Concerns over theft have some Big Island residents on alert.

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Reports have been popping up on blogs around Puna, the area hardest hit by Tropical Storm Iselle.

Local watchdog group East Side Big Island Watch says scanner traffic is jumping over calls of thieves breaking into homes. They say thieves are stealing stuff, even in broad daylight.

One of them even had his own stuff stolen.

"I was helping some people today clearing some trees and I had two chainsaws, one with me and one was in my jeep," said an East Side Big Island Watch representative. "Someone pulled up, took it right out of my Jeep in broad daylight. [I] didn't even realize it happened until a couple hours later."

National Guard members are on the Big Island assisting the county police department with additional patrols. The soldiers have been going door-to-door to check on people to make sure they're not being robbed.
Police report two home burglaries, two stolen cars and a stolen generator in Puna alone.

Lt. Chuck Anthony says they apprehended one person Monday who attempted to break into a house. He was turned over to county police.

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