2 arrested and charged with burglary at a construction site on the island of Hawaii

Police on the island of Hawaii have arrested and charged a man and a woman in connection with a burglary that occurred in Kau on Thursday morning.

Officers responded to an 8.15am call from a construction worker who met the suspects upon arriving at a construction site – inside a building undergoing renovations – in the 95-800 block of Ninole Loop Road in Naalehu. After the meeting, the couple left in a vehicle. No injuries were reported.

However, the employee told police he discovered flooring material previously laid in the building had been ripped out and piled in a pile, resulting in estimated repair costs of around $4,000.

Police located the suspects about an hour later in their vehicle in Naalehu.

Police arrested Melvin Burgo, 55, of Ocean View, and Tisha Thompson, 43, of Mountain View, on suspicion of burglary. Both were taken to Naalehu Police Station and later charged with one count of second degree burglary with bail set at $2,000 each.

Thompson was also arrested and charged with an outstanding criminal contempt warrant, with an additional $1,000 bond on her warrant.

Their first court appearance was scheduled for today in Kona District Court.

Anyone who may have information about this incident is asked to contact Kau Patrol Division Officer Jenna Kosinski-Santos at 808-939-2520. Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 808-961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

Alice F. Ponder