EXCLUSIVE: Suspected spear thief arrested

EXCLUSIVE: Suspected spear thief arrested

HILO, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - EXCLUSIVE: Big Island police have arrested the suspected spear thief.

William Carroll, III was picked up in downtown Hilo this afternoon. He's accused of ripping off a section of the spear from the King Kamehameha statue in Wailoa State Park over the weekend.

Carroll was seen on surveillance video walking near the statue, carrying items stolen from a nearby business.

The spear was found days later, in weeds along a channel behind the statue.

Only Hawaii News Now was there as Carroll was brought into the Hilo police station in a blue and white.  He turned away from our camera and dropped his head.

He is being held for second-degree theft and second-degree criminal property damage. He was also arrested on suspicion of third-degree theft in connection with the other items he was carrying in the surveillance video.

Carroll has been arrested more than a dozen times for DUI, drug cases and theft.

He has not been charged.

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