HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Hawaii County Police Department opened an investigation Tuesday into an arson attack that set four vehicles on fire.
According to the Department of Parks and Recreation, the vehicles were parked at Kamana Senior Center in Hilo, where they were destroyed by fire on Sunday.
The vehicles will be used by the Hawaii County Elderly Activities Division to transport elderly residents to events and deliver meals to homebound seniors, officials said.
According to the county, this is the latest in a series of vandalism at the facility.
Over the past year, car gas lines have been cut, catalytic converters stolen and several burglaries have taken place.
“We are trying to raise additional funds for security at the Kamana Senior Center, but our security budget has already stretched to over $1 million island-wide,” said Maurice Messina, director of Parks and Recreation.
“Every time we have to repair a destroyed facility or replace stolen equipment, it costs taxpayers money that should be used in other areas, such as programs and services.”
The fire caused approximately $100,000 in damage and no suspects have been identified at this time.
If you have any tips, call Crime Stoppers at (808) 961-8300.
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