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2 men arrested for allegedly robbing Kauai bank

Brandon Lee Hartberg (left) and Mathew Rose (right) Brandon Lee Hartberg (left) and Mathew Rose (right)
Surveillance image of robbery suspect Surveillance image of robbery suspect
KAPAA, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Police on Kauai have arrested two men believed to be involved in Thursday’s robbery at the Bank of Hawaii in Kapaa.

Kapaa resident Brandon Lee Hartberg, 26, and Lihue resident Mathew Rose, 27, were both arrested on suspicion of first-degree robbery. 

Investigators say a male suspect entered the bank at approximately 10:40 a.m. on Thursday. He was holding what appeared to be a rifle wrapped in a towel and demanded money from a female teller. The suspect then ran away with an undisclosed amount of cash. 

Two police officers who were searching the area by helicopter noticed a suspicious vehicle leaving the Kapaa County Cemetery on Kanaele Road about two hours after the robbery.

Patrol officers stopped the vehicle just south of the Kaiakea fire station and brought the male driver and his passenger in for questioning. The driver was later identified as Mathew Rose and his passenger was Brandon Hartberg. 

At that time, a second unit went back to the Kapaa County Cemetery and located what appeared to be the dark-hooded sweatshirt the suspect wore during the robbery, along with an air rifle wrapped in a towel. 
Police continued their investigation into the night, which led them to an area of overgrown brush off Moa Road in Kapaa to search for the stolen money. At around 8 p.m., officers located more than $1,000 in cash hidden in the brush. 

Police believe Hartberg robbed the bank while Rose drove the getaway vehicle. They are each held in lieu of $100,000 bail.

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