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Three men arrested for Hilo burglary

April 7, 2014 - 5:25pm

Hawaii Island police have arrested three men suspected of committing a residential burglary in Hilo.

South Hilo Patrol officers, along with investigators from the Special Enforcement Unit and the Area I Juvenile Aid Section, responded at 12:15 p.m. Thursday to a report from a neighbor of a burglary occurring at a Likeke Street home where two men fled the residence on foot, according to the Hawaii Police Department.

Patrol officers, assisted by detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section, determined that the suspects forcefully entered the house and removed jewelry, cash and a smart tablet having a total estimated value of $6,675. At 1:10 p.m. Thursday, police arrested 23-year-old Ethan Legaspi of Hilo in connection with the burglary after responding officers located him on Laula Road.

Through their continued investigation, Special Enforcement Unit officers identified two other men suspected to have been involved in the incident., according to police.

At 5:10 p.m. Friday, police arrested 23-year-old Kawika Larinaga-Napihaa of Hilo on suspicion of burglary and on an outstanding bench warrant for criminal contempt of court, according to police.

Another 23-year-old Hilo resident, was arrested in connection with the burglary, at 7 p.m. Friday. He was later released pending further investigation. West Hawaii Today is not identifying him by name because he has yet to be charged with a crime.

Police charged Legaspi on Friday with one count each burglary and theft, according to police. His bail was set at $26,000.

On Saturday evening, police charged Larinaga-Napihaa with one count of burglary. His bail was set at $25,000. Larinaga-Napihaa was also being held in lieu of $750 bail for his bench warrant.

Both were held at the Hilo police cellblock pending their initial court appearance Monday afternoon.

Police remind the public to remain vigilant in securing the windows and doors to their homes and businesses. Residents are encouraged to report suspicious activity by calling the department’s nonemergency line at 935-3311.

Those who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

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