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photo courtesy Hawaii Police Department Police say a thief or thieves who broke into cars at Kona beaches likely drove an older, white Toyota extra-cab pickup truck without a tailgate, like the one pictured.
Police say a thief or thieves stole valuable items from motor vehicles on Oct. 5 at two West Hawaii beach parks.
At about 5:30 p.m., officers responded to the parking lot of Kiholo Bay for a reported car break-in. The officers determined a parked, unattended rental vehicle had been broken into. Items including high-priced electronics were allegedly taken. The victims were visitors from out-of-state.
In another incident at about 6:30 p.m at Kua Bay, a Canadian couple told officers a local man wearing a face covering accosted the 31-year-old woman in their rental car, demanding she get out of the vehicle.
When the woman, who was alone in the car, didn’t comply, the suspect allegedly brandished a firearm and took the woman’s husband’s cellphone from the car and fled. The woman was not injured.
Police think that in both incidents, the suspect or suspects were in a white, older-model Toyota extra cab pickup truck with no tailgate. The license plate of the truck is unknown.
Potential witnesses or anyone with information is asked to call the police nonemergency number at (808) 935-3311 or Crime Stoppers at (808) 961-8300.
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