A 49-year-old Hilo woman faces a felony charge for allegedly attempting to steal fruit from a lychee orchard.
At 8:20 a.m. Wednesday (May 13), Puna District officers responded to Railroad Avenue in Keaʻau, where a 60-year-old man reported that he had encountered a woman inside the fenced area of his orchard harvesting mature lychee without his permission.
Police arrested the woman, Andrarene Grammer, and recovered 40 pounds of harvested lychee valued at $180. Grammer was taken to the Hilo Police cellblock while police continued the investigation.
At 12:30 p.m., she was charged with second-degree theft, a C felony. Her bail was set at $10,000. She remains at the cellblock pending her initial court appearance scheduled for Thursday (May 14).