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Police make arrests in connection with Minit Stop Hilo robbery


On December 18, 2014 at 3:10 a.m., Kona patrol officers arrested Kelly Marie Brightbill, in Kalaoa, while investigating a suspicious vehicle call. Brightbill was wanted for questioning in connection with the robbery of a convenience store off Kekela Street. She was arrested for suspicion of first degree robbery, an unrelated third degree theft and contempt of court. She is being held in the Kona cellblock while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigation Section continue the investigation.

Police also arrested the driver of the black Mercedes, a 26 year-old Hilo man, for unrelated traffic offenses. The black Mercedes was also recovered by the police.

Detectives continue to ask for the public’s assistance in locating the robbery suspect, who was described as a Caucasian male, possibly in his early to mid 20’s, about 5’5”-5’7”, weighing about 125-130 pounds, slim build, shoulder length blond hair.

Police are asking that anyone who may have witnessed the incident call Detective Joel Field of the Area I Criminal Investigation Section at 961-2382 or email at

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 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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