Police have initiated a criminal property damage case in connection with the destruction of papaya trees at a farm in Puna.
Sometime between 5:30 p.m. Thursday (Sept. 26) and 6:30 a.m. Friday (Sept. 27), 100 papaya trees were cut down in Kapoho off Highway 132 near the 4-mile marker.
The trees were 3- to 4-feet tall and valued at $3,000.
Police urge anyone with information about this case to call Officer Cala Arnold at 965-2716 or the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.
Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 or 329-818 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.
Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID.
All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.