Big Island man charged in connection with Hilo police station burglary

Big Island man charged in connection with Hilo police station burglary

HILO, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - Big Island police have arrested and charged a man in connection with a burglary of the police substation in downtown Hilo.

Around 7:26 a.m. on Thursday, police were notified that a bicycle used by the South Hilo Community Policing Section was found in the waters off Bayfront Highway. Investigators believe that the burglary happened sometime around 11:40 p.m. on Wednesday.

Police say the suspect allegedly forced open the doors of the police substation and removed two police bicycles valued at $1,200 each.

A second witness found the second stolen bicycle near the canoe sheds on Bayfront beach.

Just after 10 p.m. on Thursday, police found Keola Werner-Kealoha in Hilo and arrested him for his outstanding warrants and suspicion of second-degree theft. The search warrant on Werner-Kealoha's bookbag revealed other items he had allegedly taken from the substation.

On Saturday evening, police charged Werner-Kealoha with first-degree theft, second-degree theft, second-degree burglary, and burglary of a building during an emergency period.

He is currently being held at the Hawaii Community Correctional Center and he's expected to make his first appearance in District on Tuesday afternoon.

His bail is set at $42,000.

This story may be updated.

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