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Police seek information in Puna arson and burglary investigation

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The Reliance Water Tanks building on Kipimana Street in the Shipman Industrial Park. Hawaii 24/7 File Photo

The Reliance Water Tanks building on Kipimana Street in the Shipman Industrial Park. Hawaii 24/7 File Photo

Big Island police are renewing their request for the public’s help in identifying possible suspects in a burglary and fire on May 30 in Puna.

At approximately 5:19 a.m. on May 30, police and Fire Department personnel responded to a report of a structure fire in Shipman Industrial Park. Upon arrival, they found a warehouse located on Kipimana Street fully engulfed in flames.

Investigation revealed that the front gate chain was severed to gain entrance to the premises. One or more suspects entered the building from the rear by cutting a hole in the wall and then removed a flatbed pickup truck and some heavy equipment.

The incident is being investigated as arson and burglary.

Police ask that anyone with information about this case call Detective Grant Todd at 961-2385 or email him at gtodd@co.hawaii.hi.us.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona 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.

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