Police seek public’s help in ag theft investigation

Hawaii Island police are requesting the public’s assistance for information regarding an agricultural theft that occurred Oct. 7 in Hilo.

At 6:20 p.m. Oct. 7, Hilo Patrol officers responded to a facility off Mamalahoa Highway in the Wainaku area where they discovered two men in a vehicle with over 600 pounds of bananas, according to the Hawaii Police Department. The bananas were recently picked and the men did not have a bill of sale or receipt for transport.

The two suspects were identified and the bananas were recovered, however, the rightful owner of the produce remains unknown.

Anyone with information about this theft of produce should contact Officer Jonathan Masutani at (808) 961-2213, via email at jonathan.masutani@hawaiicounty.gov or call the department’s no-emergency line at (808) 935-3311.


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