Police say they are seeing a spike in thefts from vehicles in South Kona.
Lt. William Souther said the department took six such reports Tuesday from residents on or near Captain Cook Road.
“We’re reminding the public to lock their vehicles, even if they are in a carport or garage,” Souther said. “Don’t leave valuables in the car. Keep an eye open for suspicious behavior.”
The thefts took place in the late evening or nighttime.
Souther said there was a similar spike in the same area earlier this month. Police continue to investigate the thefts, he added. The thief or thieves stole a variety of items from the vehicles.
The South Kohala District experienced a similar spike in August, police said.
The thieves in those cases were also targeting vehicles, particularly unlocked ones, but also stole a few vehicles.
South Kona residents fell victim to a similar rash of burglaries last fall, leading to ramped up neighborhood watch duties.
Victims included a Captain Cook group home, where developmentally disabled residents lost electronics and other personal items.
The Police Department dedicated 20 officers to investigate the crimes, and a tip led to the first arrest.
Police said an organized crime ring was using the stolen items to pay for drugs.
By the end of September, police had arrested 11 people, most of whom had extensive criminal histories.