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Hawaii Island police search for 7 suspects accused of stealing up to $6,000 worth of fruit

A heist of more than 1,500 pounds of fruit is sparking a search for seven suspects on Hawaii...
A heist of more than 1,500 pounds of fruit is sparking a search for seven suspects on Hawaii Island.(Hawaii County Police Department)
Published: Sep. 9, 2021 at 3:06 PM HST|Updated: Sep. 9, 2021 at 5:43 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii Island police are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying seven suspects accused of stealing 1,500 pounds of fruit along the Hamakua Coast.

Authorities said the stolen fruit is valued between $5,000 to $6,000 with the haul including durian, mangosteen, lemons, avocadoes and lychee.

Investigators said the thefts took place between June and September in the Pepeekeo and Hamakua areas.

“Agricultural theft is a serious crime and the department is committed in pursuing those who commit these crimes,” said Lieutenant William Derr of the South Hilo Community Policing Section.

Police ask anyone with information to call (808) 961-8849.

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