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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted on: Saturday, April 13, 2002

Police Beat

Game-room patrons robbed at gunpoint

Police are looking for two armed men who held up patrons at a Kaka'ako game room early yesterday.

The men allegedly forced the doorman at gunpoint into the game room at 1001 Waimanu St., where they robbed patrons of cash and car keys. The name of the game room is not posted at the premises, where the windows are covered with black paper.

The robbers then fled in a stolen car, police said.

Arraignment held in botched robbery

A 27-year-old man arrested in connection with a Jan. 3 robbery at the Longs Drug Store at Kamehameha Shopping Center was arraigned in District Court yesterday.

Randolph Basco is being held in lieu of $50,000 bail on the first- degree robbery charge.

Basco is accused of entering the store at 12:25 p.m. and trying twice to get the cashier to open the register before he fleeing.

A CrimeStoppers tip led to his arrest.

Teen girl nabbed with stolen jewelry

A 17-year-old girl who was ejected from a Waikiki hotel room with a group of other unregistered guests was arrested yesterday when she was caught with a box of jewelry she stole from her mother, police said.

Police and hotel security asked the group of seven people to vacate the room at the Hawaiian Monarch Hotel. As the group was gathering its belongings, the girl grabbed a chocolates box filled with jewelry.

Police determined that the jewelry was taken in a burglary reported by the girl's mother.

Mystery bones found with crypt

Police are investigating the discovery yesterday of bones that were buried above a crypt interred at a Pearl City cemetery.

A private mortuary service was hired to exhume the remains of someone buried at Sunset Memorial Park, 848 Fourth St., and then re-inter them with the spouse, police said.

As the workers dug shortly before 3 p.m., police said, the bones were found at a shallower depth than the crypt.

Five teens arrested in bus-stop mugging

Police arrested five teen boys Wednesday in connection with the mugging of a 72-year-old woman while she sat at a Kapolei bus stop.

The victim was sitting near 601 Kamokila Blvd. at 3 p.m. when a boy sat beside her and grabbed her handbag. The woman held onto the bag, police said, but she was thrown to the ground and the boy pulled the purse away.

The boy ran to a waiting van that drove off, police said. Witnesses gave police the license number. The van was stopped later and the five male occupants, ages 15-17, were arrested.

The victim was treated for a broken finger, sprained foot and multiple bruises and abrasions, police said.

Police are seeking more witnesses to the case. Calls are being taken by detective Kathy Osmond at 529-3834; anonymous tips can be called in to CrimeStoppers, 955-8300, *CRIME on a cellular phone.