Police Charge Man in Kurtistown Burglaries

A 35-year-old Hilo man was arrested and charged with multiple property crime offenses stemming from several burglary incidents that occurred in Kurtistown during the month of March. Police have identified the individual as Sampson Davidson.

On March 29, the suspect vehicle was observed reversed into the carport of the victim’s residence, which is currently being renovated. Upon attempting to contact the male suspect, he fled the area in his vehicle. The family member of the victim was able to get a look at the suspect and a license plate of the vehicle as it was leaving. That information was provided to the police. Davidson was later positively identified as the suspect observed at the residence and leaving in the truck.

On April 2, shortly after 9 a.m., Davidson was located and arrested by Area I Special Enforcement Officers.

During this investigation, police investigators determined that Davidson had burglarized the residence and stolen from the property on more than one occasion.

Upon conferring with prosecutors, Davidson was charged with two counts of first-degree burglary, two counts of Burglary of a Dwelling during an Emergency Period, first-degree Criminal Property Damage, first-degree Theft, second-degree Theft, and Prohibited Acts Emergency Management Period.

Davidson remains in police custody in lieu of $162,000 bail. His initial court appearance is scheduled for April 6 in South Hilo District Court.      

Police want to remind the public that in light of the current COVID-19 (coronavirus) Emergency Proclamation, which was declared by Hawai’i Governor David Ige, that there are enhanced penalties for certain offenses. These offenses include, but not limited to, burglary, theft, criminal property damage, and robbery.             

HPD photo.