Police have charged an 18-year-old Hilo man with two offenses stemming from a burglary that occurred in Hawaiian Paradise Park on Thursday.
On Saturday, acting on a tip, police located and arrested Darren K. Ornellas without incident at Keokea Beach Park in North Kohala and took him to the Hilo police cellblock.
At 9:30 a.m. Monday, detectives charged Ornellas with first-degree burglary and second-degree theft. His bail was set at $7000. He is scheduled to make his initial court appearance Tuesday afternoon.
On April 3 at about 2:30 p.m., police responded to an in-progress burglary at a home on 23rd Avenue. A 62-year-old Keaau man reported seeing a suspicious male walk up to the front door of his neighbor’s house and then to the rear of the residence, where he discovered signs of a break-in.
The neighbor confronted the suspect as he was running from the house and he ran into some bushes, police said.
Police learned that cash and electronic devices were stolen from the residence.
Detectives ontinue to pursue leads in similar burglaries both in the Hilo and Puna communities.
Police ask that anyone with information on other burglaries to call Detective Royce Serrao of the Area I Criminal Investigations Section at 961-2272 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Those who prefer anonymity may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300.