Police investigate fire, arson at Puna diner

Police investigate fire, arson at Puna diner

PUNA, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii Island police are investigating a suspected burglary and arson at a Puna business that resulted in approximately $20,000 in property damage.

Puna Patrol Officers responded to a 2:15 a.m. call Thursday (May 21) reporting a structure fire at Verna's Drive-In just off Highway 11 in the Mountain View area. Arriving officers found the front door open and a small fire burning inside.

Hawaii Fire Department personnel were also on scene and extinguished the fire. A fire inspector determined that the fire was suspicious in nature, and the business owners confirmed that some items were missing.

Detectives will continue the investigation. Police ask anyone with 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 the island wide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300

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