Man accused in Alii Ice break-in allegedly confesses to authorities


A 22-year-old Volcano man accused of breaking into an ice factory on Banyan Drive in Hilo allegedly confessed to police, according to his court-appointed attorney.

Hilo District Judge Barbara Takase postponed a preliminary hearing for Clinton Ronald Souza until 1:30 p.m. Friday so his court-appointed attorney, Cody Frenz, can review a recording she said was handed to her just prior to the scheduled hearing Tuesday afternoon.

“The alleged confession recording — which is obviously relevant for this preliminary hearing — that was provided to me outside of court this afternoon at about 1:45 p.m., I haven’t had time to review it,” Frenz told the judge.

Souza is charged with burglary during a civil defense emergency, five counts of unauthorized entry to a motor vehicle, two counts of property damage and first-degree theft. He is in custody at Hawaii Community Correctional Center in lieu of $152,000 bail.