Big Island Police Investigating New Year’s Eve Robbery

Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating a robbery in Kona during the early morning hours of New Year’s Eve.

On Tuesday (December 31), Kona Patrol officers responded to a 2:18 a.m. report of a robbery in the parking lot of a home improvement store at 73-5598 Olowalu Streen in Kailua-Kona.

An 18-year-old Ocean View man and a 30-year-old Ocean View man were reportedly in a parked white Ford F150 pickup truck with Alaska license plates when a black Toyota Tacoma pulled up. The Tacoma’s passenger reportedly approached the victims with a handgun and something covering his face and ordered them out of the truck. The gunman and a second man searched the victims’ pockets and removed personal items, including a cellular phone and an undisclosed amount of cash. The gunman drove away in the victims’ Ford and the other suspect followed in the Tacoma.

Officers located the trucks in an empty lot north of Hoʻokena School in Captain Cook. Both trucks were unoccupied. Police determined that the Tacoma had been reported as stolen from a home in the Kona Palisades subdivision sometime between December 23 and December 24.

Police ask anyone who has any information about this case to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers

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