Big Island Police Arrest 18-Year-Old in Connection to Hilo Commercial Burglary

Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating a commercial burglary early Wednesday (October 9) in Hilo.


Police received a report of an alarm call at 1:44 a.m. Wednesday from a business at Waiakea Center. Responding officers saw a man fleeing from the area and discovered entry had been made into one of the businesses.

Patrol officers established a perimeter around the industrial area and arrested a suspect at 2:20 a.m. Robert Pookela Manaole, 18, who has no permanent address, was taken to the Hilo police cellblock on suspicion of second-degree burglary while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section continue the investigation.

Police ask anyone who may have witnessed the burglary to contact Detective John Rodrigues at 961-8222 or, or Detective Joel Field at 961-2381 or

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