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Ka'u Information Update for March 27th, 2020

The Hawaii Police Department (HPD) arrest an 18-year-old Ocean View man in connection with a burglary of an Ocean View restaurant and also prohibited acts related to Governor's Emergency Proclamation for COVID-19.

Hawaiʻi Police Department Kaʻū Patrol Division Captain Miles Chong Phone: (808) 939-2520 Report No. 20-024737

Hawaiʻi Island Police have arrested an Ocean View man for several offenses in connection with a burglary of an Ocean View restaurant in Kaʻū.

At 7:52 a.m. this morning (March 27), a bystander notified police of broken glass at a business in the 92-8700 block of Māmalahoa Highway in Ocean View and determined that a rock had been thrown through the front door.

Video surveillance captured the lone suspect at about 2:30 a.m. throwing a rock through the glass door, then entering the restaurant taking $3 in cash from a tip jar before leaving on foot. Officers identified the suspect through the surveillance images.

At 9:15 a.m., 18-year-old Keone Sanderson was arrested without incident on Marlin Boulevard in Ocean View for suspicion of burglary. He was taken to the Nāʻālehu Station while officers with the Kaʻū Patrol Division continued the investigation.

Just after 11:00 a.m., police charged Sanderson with one count each of burglary of a building during an emergency period, first-degree criminal property damage, prohibited acts emergency management, and fourth-degree theft. His bail has been set at $10,750 and will be taken to the Kona cellblock pending his initial appearance scheduled for Monday (March 30) in Kona District Court.

Anyone who may have information about this incident is asked to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311 or Officer Dane Shibuya, of our Kaʻū Patrol Division at (808) 939-2520 or via email at

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