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Police arrest two in Puna burglary case

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Michael Anderson

Michael Anderson

A man and a woman are in police custody following a burglary last week in Puna.

The burglary occurred Friday (October 25) at a home on 21st Avenue in the Hawaiian Paradise Park subdivision.

Police investigation led to the identities of two suspects, 40-year-old Michael Anderson of Keaʻau, and 24-year-old Celeste Geraghty of Pāhoa. Both were arrested Monday and taken to the Hilo police cellblock while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section continued the investigation. Detectives recovered two stolen rings taken in the burglary as well as four packets of a white crystalline substance and drug paraphernalia after search warrants were executed at Geraghty’s home in the Ainaloa subdivision and on Anderson’s personal property.

Celeste Geraghty

Celeste Geraghty

Tuesday evening, Geraghty was charged with first-degree burglary, second-degree theft, two counts of promoting a dangerous drug and two counts of drug paraphernalia. She was also charged with failure to appear in an unrelated case. Her bail was set at $15,050. Anderson was charged with second-degree theft, promoting a detrimental drug, two counts of promoting a dangerous drug and two counts of drug paraphernalia. His bail was set at $60,000.

The pair remained at the cellblock pending their initial court appearance scheduled for Wednesday (October 30).

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