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Man threatens Kona shop owner with scissors, raids cash register


Big Island police are investigating a robbery that occurred Thursday night (January 5) at a business located within the Kaloko Business Center V on Kamanu Street in Kailua-Kona.

Responding to an 8:06 p.m. call, Kona patrol officers made contact with a 63-year-old Kailua-Kona woman, who reported an unknown male had entered into her business spending several minutes looking at merchandise in the shop. The male then rushed behind the cashier’s stand and grabbed a pair of scissors that was on the countertop. The male confronted the shop owner with the scissors, then opened and removed an unknown amount of currency from the cash register. The suspect then fled from the shop and was last seen running north on Kamanu Street. The shop owner did not sustain any injuries during the robbery.

The suspect is described as being in his late 20’s to early 30’s, dark complexion, approximately 5-foot-10, 180 pounds, full groomed beard without a mustache, and short black hair. He was last seen wearing a white t-shirt and jeans, a black baseball cap with an unknown design on the front, and was wearing a gold wristwatch on his left hand.

Police are also interested in speaking with a possible witness who had entered into the shop while the suspect was present, but left prior to the robbery occurring. The witness is described as a Caucasian male in his mid 20’s.

Police ask that anyone with information about this case call Detective Myra Iwamoto at 326-4646, extension 281, or the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311. Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

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