Kona Man Charged with Six Offenses Following Condominium Burglary

A suspect is in police custody in connection with a burglary Monday (December 23) at a Kona condominium.

At 7:16 a.m. Monday, police received a report of a burglary at a condo on the 75-6000 block of Kuakini Highway in Kailua-Kona. Sometime overnight, an unknown person had entered a unit in the condo through an unlocked door and stolen several items—including a jewelry box, a ukulele and cellular telephones—while the residents were asleep.

At 9:25 a.m. Monday, investigating officers were called back to the same condo complex in response to a report of a man sleeping behind a garage.

An officer made contact with the man and noticed items in his possession matching the description of stolen items from the burglary. While the officer attempted to place the suspect under arrest, the suspect resisted and struck the officer in the head, causing a laceration and swelling.

Ian Medeiros

Ian Medeiros

A second officer arrived at the scene and assisted the first officer in subduing the suspect and placing him under arrest. The suspect was identified as 22-year-old Ian Medeiros, who has no permanent address but frequents the Kailua-Kona area.

Fire Department personnel treated the injured officer at the scene for his minor injuries.

Medeiros was taken to the Kona police cellblock while detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigations Section investigate possible charges of first-degree burglary, second-degree theft, resisting arrest, assaulting a police officer and terroristic threatening.

Police urge the public to keep their doors locked when they are asleep or away from home.

UPDATE:

A suspect arrested Monday (December 23) after a burglary at a Kona condominium has been charged with six offenses.

Tuesday afternoon (December 24), detectives charged 22-year-old Ian Medeiros with second-degree theft, resisting arrest, first-degree assault of a police officer, first-degree terroristic threatening, promoting a dangerous drug and possessing drug paraphernalia. His bail was set at $10,500.

He remained at the Kona police cellblock pending his initial court appearance scheduled for Thursday (December 26).

 

Big Island Police Charge Second Man With Numerous Offenses Related to Burglaries in Waiakea Area of Hilo

Hawaiʻi Island police have charged a second man with numerous offenses related to burglaries in the Waiākea area of Hilo.

Keoni Mata

Keoni Mata

On Monday (December 15), 30-year old Keoni Mata of Hilo was initially arrested on a $500 bench warrant for contempt of court and for suspicion of fraudulent use of a credit card. The card was removed during a burglary in the Waiākea area on December 2.

Mata was taken to the Hilo police cellblock while South Hilo patrol officers continued the investigation. While in custody, Mata was additionally arrested for burglary in connection with a Waiākea break-in on December 5 and for theft in connection with a Waiākea burglary on December 12.

Tuesday evening (December 17) police charged Mata with two counts of burglary, eight counts of theft, four counts of fraudulent use of a credit card, three counts of identity theft and two counts of forgery. His bail was set at $185,000. He remained at the cellblock pending his initial court appearance scheduled for Wednesday afternoon (December 18).

Kyson Dameron

Kyson Dameron

Last week, 18-year-old Kyson Dameron of Hilo was also arrested and charged with crimes related to these three burglaries, including the use of a stolen credit card.

 

Tyson and Kyson – Father and Son Arrested and Charged After Being Stopped in Stolen Car

A Hilo man and his son have been arrested and charged with assorted offenses after being stopped in a stolen car.

On December 9, a home on Kupukupu Street in Hilo was broken into and several items were stolen, including keys to a sports-utility vehicle, which also was taken.

Kyson Dameron

Kyson Dameron

Wednesday afternoon (December 11), police officers stopped the stolen SUV on Highway 11. The driver, 37-year-old Tyson Prim, and his son, 18-year-old Kyson Dameron, both of Hilo, were arrested and taken to the Hilo police cellblock, while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section continued the investigation.

Tyson Prim

Tyson Prim

On Thursday, detectives released Dameron pending further investigation.

Immediately upon his release, South Hilo patrol officers arrested Dameron again on suspicion of fraudulent use of a credit card in an unrelated case. The card, along with jewelry and cash, had been taken during a burglary in the Waiākea area on December 2. The stolen card had been used at various Hilo businesses 15 times between the time of the burglary and Dameron’s arrest.

Friday morning, detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section charged Prim with unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle. His bail was set at $10,000. He made his initial court appearance Friday afternoon.

Later Friday, South Hilo Patrol officers charged Dameron with first-degree burglary, 16 counts of theft, eight counts of forgery, 15 counts of fraudulent use of a credit card and 15 counts of identity theft. He was also charged with two additional counts of first-degree burglary for break-ins in Waiākea on December 4 and December 10, during which a laptop, jewelry and cash were stolen.

Dameron’s bail was set at $106,750. He remains at the cellblock pending his initial court appearance scheduled for Monday.

 

Big Island Police Arrest September’s Most Wanted Female – Mary Lolita Santos

Hawaiʻi Island police have located 40-year-old Mary Lolita Santos of Mountain View, who was wanted in connection with a reported burglary and domestic incident in Kurtistown on August 16 and on bench warrants.

Mary Lolita Santos

Mary Lolita Santos

Santos was arrested in Hilo on November 20 and charged on bench warrants for second-degree theft stemming from an incident on May 19 at a store on Makaʻla Street in Hilo and two counts of contempt of court. While at the Hilo police cellblock over the next two days, she was also charged with shoplifting for an incident on July 12 at a store on Makaʻala Street in Hilo, with fourth-degree theft for an incident on August 17 at a store on Henry Street in Kailua-Kona and with second-degree theft for an incident on November 13 at a store in Waiākea Plaza in Hilo.

In addition, Santos was arrested on suspicion of burglary, assault, terroristic threatening, criminal property damage, phone ripping and violation of a protective order in connection with the August 16 incident in Kurtistown. After conferring with prosecutors, detectives released Santos on the Kurtistown offenses pending further investigation. Detectives have since forwarded those investigations to the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney.

 

Hilo Man Charged for Burglaries and a Theft at Hilo High School

Detectives have charged a 21 year-old Hilo man for several offenses stemming from separate burglaries and a theft that occurred at a Hilo school.

Today (November 22, 2013) at 1:15 p.m., after conferring with prosecutors, Kalei Kaina Kaaumoana was charged with two counts of first degree burglary and three counts of second degree theft. Kaaumoana’s bail was set at $80,000.00 and he was scheduled to make his initial court appearance next week Monday.

Kalei Kaina Kaaumoana

Kalei Kaina Kaaumoana

The incidents stem from:

An October 23, 2013 burglary in which a 91 year-old Hilo woman discovered that her residence was entered and several items were stolen.

An October 30, 2013 burglary in which a 36 year-old man reported to police that his residence was entered and several items were also stolen.

A theft of a Kamaka ukulele, reported by a Hilo school on October 21, 2013.

Police were able to recover evidence at these crime scenes, which were instrumental in the identification of the suspect in this case.

 

Big Island Man Arrested and Charged in Connection With Burglary in Hōlualoa

A Kealakekua man has been arrested and charged in connection with a burglary in Hōlualoa on October 28.

While detectives were investigating the burglary, they recovered jewelry from a second-hand shop in Captain Cook belonging to the three victims. They also recovered jewelry that had been taken during two additional burglaries in Hōlualoa on September 1 and October 7.

Mathew Robert Kaleo Malapit

Mathew Robert Kaleo Malapit

Detectives obtained the identity of the person who had sold the jewelry to the second-hand shop and arrested 32-year-old Mathew Robert Kaleo Malapit of Kealakekua at 12:50 p.m. Wednesday (November 6). He was taken to the Kona police cellblock while detectives continued the investigation.

At 3:30 p.m. Thursday, detectives charged Malapit with first-degree burglary and five counts of second-degree theft. His bail was set at $15,000. He remained at the cellblock until his initial court appearance Friday morning (November 8).

 

Big Island Police Arrest and Charge 20-Year-Old Hilo Man for Burglary and Other Charges

Big Island police arrested and charged a 20-year-old Hilo man for Burglary and other related charges this afternoon.

James Kama

James Kama

James Kama was arrested for his involvement in the burglaries of two residences which occurred in the Waiākea Uka area in November and December of 2012.

Items removed in these burglaries included ammunition, hunting equipment, electronic, household and yard items totaling over $5,000.00.

Kama was charged with two counts of Burglary in the First Degree and one count of Theft in the Fourth Degree.

His total bail was set at $10,250.00 and is being held at the Hilo Police Cellblock pending arraignment.

 

Big Island Police Arrest 20-Year-Old in Connection with Burglary in Puna

Hawaiʻi Island police have arrested a 20-year-old man in connection with a burglary in Puna earlier this month.

A home on Oahu Road in the Nanawale Estates subdivision was broken into on July 4 sometime between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m.

Kainoa Santos

Kainoa Santos

Investigation by detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section led to the arrest Sunday (July 21) of Kainoa Santos of Hilo. Santos was taken to the Hilo police cellblock while detectives continued the investigation.

At 10:45 a.m. Tuesday (July 23) detectives charged him with first-degree burglary and second-degree theft. His bail was set at $35,000. He remains at the cellblock pending his initial court hearing scheduled for Wednesday (July 24).

 

Big Island Police Charge Hilo Man With Burglary That Was Caught on Tape

Hawaiʻi Island police have charged a 30-year-old Hilo man with burglary and other related crimes in connection with a break-in Wednesday (July 10) that was captured on tape in the Kaūmana area of Hilo.

Justin Fergerstrom

Justin Fergerstrom

A surveillance video caught a suspect breaking into the house on South Wilder Road several times during a four-hour period. Items removed from the home included fishing gear, car parts, power tools and other items valued in excess of $1,700.

On Thursday morning (July 11), police arrested Justin Fergerstrom and held him at the Hilo police cellblock while they continued the investigation.

Friday afternoon, Fergerstrom was charged with three counts of first-degree burglary and one count of unauthorized entry of a motor vehicle. His bail was set at $85,000. He remains at the cellblock pending his initial court appearance scheduled for Monday (July 15).

 

Big Island Police Charge Puna Woman in Connection With Burglary Last Month

Hawaiʻi Island police have charged a 24-year-old Puna woman in connection with a burglary last month in Puna.

Cherish Shay Kualilani Torres

Cherish Shay Kualilani Torres

On May 12, caretakers for a Pāhoa resident reported that upon returning home, they discovered the house had been entered and several items had been stolen. A fleeing vehicle was linked to a suspect, identified as Cherish Shay Kualilani Torres of Pāhoa. She was arrested early Tuesday morning in Ainaloa.

At 11:40 a.m. Tuesday (June 18), after conferring with prosecutors, detectives charged Torres with first -degree burglary. Her bail was set at $5,000. She was scheduled to make her initial court appearance Wednesday afternoon (June 19).

Police encourage the public to be aware of suspicious activity in their neighborhood and to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 to report any suspicious persons or vehicles.

Hilo Woman Charged in Connection to Eight Property Crimes

Hawaiʻi County police charged a 24-year-old Hilo woman with eight property crimes Thursday (June 13), including three counts of burglary.

Suzy Chun

Suzy Chun

Suzy Chun was arrested on an outstanding bench warrant late Wednesday afternoon (June 12).

Through further investigation, it was determined that she was also responsible for or involved in break-ins of three homes in Panaʻewa Farm Lots, Upper Waiākea and Laupāhoehoe. Items removed included jewelry, computer laptops and gaming systems with a combined value of more than $10,000. The burglaries occurred during the first week of May.

At 6:05 p.m. Thursday, Chun was charged with three counts of first-degree burglary, four counts of second-degree theft and one count of third-degree theft. Her bail was set at $116,000. She was held at the Hilo cellblock Thursday night pending her initial court appearance on Friday (June 14).

 

Second Suspect Charged in Connection with Kailua-Kona Burglary

Hawaiʻi Island police have charged a second suspect in connection with a burglary on Queen Kalama Avenue in Kailua-Kona on April 5.

Ammon K. Kamohai

Ammon K. Kamohai

Ammon K. Kamohai, 22, of Kailua-Kona was initially arrested Monday afternoon (April 22) on two warrants for revoking probation in a drug case and on suspicion of promoting a dangerous drug. He was also wanted for questioning in connection with additional felonies.

Kamohai’s bail for the probation revocation charges was set at $100,000 and he appeared in court on Tuesday (April 23).

After court, police returned Kamohai to the Kona police cellblock , where they arrested him on the additional felonies, including those connected with the April 5 burglary.

At 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, detectives charged him with first-degree burglary, second-degree theft, attempted second-degree theft and forgery for the April 5 burglary. The other suspect in the April 5 burglary, 23-year-old Tonino Benson of Kailua-Kona, was charged on April 12 with the same offenses.

Kamohai was also charged Wednesday with unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle for allegedly removing a vehicle from the parking lot of an apartment complex off Kuakini Highway in Kailua-Kona sometime between Sunday and Monday (April 21 and April 22). His bail on those charges was $65,000.

Kamohai was not charged in the promoting a dangerous drug case pending additional investigation.

He remained at the Kona cellblock pending another court appearance scheduled for Thursday (April 25).

 

Kona Man Charged With Several Offenses in Connection to a Burglary in Kailua-Kona

A 23-year-old Kona man has been charged with several offenses in connection with a burglary on Queen Kalama Avenue in Kailua-Kona on April 5.

Tonino Benson

Tonino Benson

Tonino Benson of Kailua-Kona was arrested Wednesday (April 10) on suspicion of burglary. He was also arrested and charged with failure to appear in court and failure to return a rental vehicle in cases unrelated to the burglary. His bail for those offenses was $1,300. He appeared in court on Thursday for those charges and then was returned to the Kona police cellblock while detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigations Section continued the burglary investigation.

At 2:45 p.m. Friday (April 12) Benson was charged with burglary, theft, attempted theft and forgery. His bail on those charges was set at $11,000. He remains at the cellblock pending his court appearance Monday (April 15) for the charges related to the burglary.

 

Big Island Police Charge Pahoa Man in Connection with Burglary From Last Year

Hawaiʻi Island police have charged a 20-year-old Pāhoa man in connection with a burglary that occurred last year in the Puna District.

Isaiah Kaonohi Ekau

Isaiah Kaonohi Ekau

At 5 p.m. Monday (April 1), after conferring with prosecutors, detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section charged Isaiah Kaonohi Ekau with first-degree burglary and second-degree theft.

His bail was set at $7,000. He was scheduled to make his initial court appearance Tuesday afternoon (April 2).

On September 9, 2012, a 61-year-old Pāhoa man reported that upon returning home, he discovered his house had been entered and several items had been stolen.

Big Island Couple Arrested for Burglary and Other Offenses in Connection With Several Break-Ins

A Pepeʻekeo man and woman were arrested for burglary and other offenses Monday morning (March 18) in connection with several break-ins during the month of January in the Pepeʻekeo and Nīnole areas.

Shaylyn Araw

Shaylyn Araw

Shaylyn Araw, 21, was arrested and charged with two counts of first-degree burglary, second-degree theft, third-degree theft and fourth-degree theft. Her bail was set at $12,750.

Robert Navor

Robert Navor

Robert Navor, 22, was arrested and charged with first-degree burglary, two counts of second-degree theft, second-degree forgery, unauthorized possession of confidential information, third-degree theft and fourth-degree theft. His bail was set at $13,750.

Both were held at the Hilo police cellblock pending their initial court appearance on Wednesday (March 20).

A third individual, 34-year-old Manuel Madrid of Pepeʻekeo, was also arrested Monday on suspicion of hindering prosecution for aiding and sheltering Araw and Navor while they were being sought by police. Madrid was released Monday night pending further investigation.

 

Kona Man Charged With Burglary for Break-In Last Year

A Kona man has been charged with burglary for a break-in that occurred late last year in Kailua-Kona.

The December 17 burglary took place at a home on Onaona Drive.

Jerome Soares

Jerome Soares

Police developed a suspect, identified as 49-year-old Jerome Soares of Kailua-Kona.

Soares was arrested Monday (March 4) at the Kona courthouse and taken to the Kona police cellblock while detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigations Section continued the investigation. He was charged at 10:45 a.m. Tuesday (March 5) with first-degree burglary and second-degree theft. His bail was set at $35,000.

He remains at the cellblock pending his initial court appearance scheduled for Wednesday (March 6).

Big Island Police Arrest Hilo Man in Connection with Kona Burglaries Last Year

Hawaiʻi Island police have arrested a Hilo man in connection with three burglaries in Kona last year.

Two of the burglaries took place August 29 in the Seaview Circle subdivision. The third was October 30 off Old Māmalahoa Highway in Hōlualoa.

Jaren Larinaga-Napihaa

Jaren Larinaga-Napihaa

Jaren Larinaga-Napihaa was arrested Thursday (February 28) in Hilo and charged with two counts of failure to appear in court. He was also arrested on suspicion of burglary. On Friday (March 1) police charged him with second-degree theft and three counts of first-degree burglary. His bail was set at $100,000.

 

Three Ocean View Residents Charged with Burglary and Other Offenses

Three Ocean View residents have been charged with burglary and other offenses in connection with a break-in at a business establishment in Kaʻū earlier this month.

On February 4, Kaʻū officers responded to a burglary at an electronics store on Prince Kuhio Boulevard in Ocean View.

Detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigations Section continued the investigation, which led to a search warrant at a home on Jasmine Drive in the Hawaiian Ranchos Estates subdivision on Friday (February 15).

Joshua Lawrence

Joshua Lawrence

During the execution of the search warrant, police arrested 24-year-old Joshua Lawrence, 26-year-old Heather Hofferbert and 42-year-old Ronnie Gates on suspicion of burglary.

Heather Hofferbert

Heather Hofferbert

Their bail was set at $6,000 each. All three were taken to the Kona police cellblock while detectives continued the investigation.

Ronnie Gates

Ronnie Gates

Police later recovered several items that had been taken in the burglary and had been damaged.

On Saturday (February 16) at 6:40 p.m., all three suspects were charged with second-degree burglary, second-degree theft and second-degree criminal property damage. They remained at the cellblock until their initial court appearance on Tuesday (February 19).

Big Island Police Warning Residents to Prevent Holiday Burglaries

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Big Island police are advising the public to take extra precautions to prevent burglaries during the holiday season and to report suspicious activities—especially suspicious persons in your neighborhood during the day or at night. The following tips can help reduce the chances of burglary in your neighborhood:

  • Lock your doors and windows when you leave your home, including those in the rear of the house that aren’t visible from the street.
  • Be cautious of posting your location on social networking sites as they can be used by criminals to determine if you are home.
  • Become familiar with your neighbors and their cars.
  • If you see unfamiliar vehicles driving around your neighborhood, note the description of the vehicle, the license plate number and descriptions of any occupants and report them to police.
  • Beware of strangers knocking on doors. They may be burglars checking to see if a house is unoccupied. Report suspicious persons coming to your home to police immediately.
  • Don’t leave a house key hidden outside your home.
  • Keep your home well lit.
  • Keep trees and bushes trimmed so they don’t provide cover for burglars.
  • If you come home and see evidence that someone has been in your home or may still be there, leave the area and call police immediately.
  • Ask your neighbors to report any suspicious persons and vehicles seen at or near your home.

If you suspect a burglary is in progress or if you encounter any suspicious person on your property, call 911. To report suspicious persons in your neighborhood, call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311. Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona.

Big Island Police Searching for Painting Stolen During Puna Burglary

Hawaiʻi County police are requesting the public’s help in locating a painting stolen during a burglary in Puna.

The koa framed painting “Mystic Light” by Christian Reese Lassen was among several items removed from a home in the Ainaloa subdivision sometime between April and July.

“Mystic Light” by Christian Reese Lassen

Police ask that anyone with information about the whereabouts of the painting or with information about burglaries contact Detective Royce Serrao at 961-8810 or rpserrao@co.hawaii.hi.us or Detective John Rodrigues Jr. at 961-2384 or jrodrigues@co.hawaii.hi.us.

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.