Big Island Police Charge Former Pepeʻekeo Man in Break-In Earlier This Year

Police have charged a former Pepeʻekeo man for a break-in that occurred in February of this year in Pepeʻekeo.

Ralph Curtis Riveira

On September 12th, after conferring with prosecutors, Ralph Curtis Riveira, 54, of no permanent address, was charged for one count of first degree unauthorized entry into a dwelling. Bail for Riveira was set at $5,000.00 and he is scheduled to make his initial court appearance this afternoon.

On February 17, 2012 at about 10:35 a.m., a 59-year-old Pepeʻekeo man called police and reported that while at home, he discovered an unknown male in his home. The male suspect fled the area after being confronted by the home owner.

Detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigation Section continued the investigation and Riveira was identified as the suspect.

Police ask that anyone with information on recent burglary activities to call either Detective John Rodrigues Jr. at 961-2384 or email him at or Detective Royce Serrao at 961-8810 or email him at

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

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