Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating the theft of a customer’s purse from a retail establishment on the 300 block of East Makaʻala Street in Hilo.

At approximately 3:40 p.m. on August 4, an unidentified man removed the purse from a shopping cart before leaving the store.

His image was captured on video surveillance. He is believed to be in his early 20s, approximately 6-feet tall and 180 pounds with a thin build. He was last seen wearing denim shorts, a black hat with white leaf designs, and a black T-shirt with a yellow graphic on the front.

Police ask anyone with information about this case or the identity of the person in the photo to call Officer Christopher Jelsma at 961-2213 or the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the island wide Crime Stoppers number 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.

Surveillance Image

Surveillance Image