Police investigate equipment theft at Hilo nonprofit group

Police investigate equipment theft at Hilo nonprofit group

HILO, Hawaii (AP) - Police are investigating the theft of thousands of dollars' worth of equipment from a Hilo nonprofit organization that employs adults with disabilities.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1XAWLdi) employment training manager Charmaine Ka-ipo discovered the theft when she arrived at the Arc Of Hilo on Friday morning.

Ka-ipo says surveillance video shows the theft of equipment worth an estimated total of more than $4,800, including a 2013 Carson utility trailer with the license plate number 745 HYZ.

The trailer contained three orange and silver weed trimmers, a 15-gallon poison sprayer, five green Ryobi Echo backpack blowers, a red Shindaiwa 18-inch chain saw, a black and red Honda 21-inch lawnmower and an orange Stihl hedger.

Police Maj. Sam Thomas called the theft "disgusting."

Anyone with information is asked to contact authorities.

Information from: Hawaii Tribune-Herald, http://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/

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