Big Island Police Charge Honoka’a Man for August Break-In

Police have charged a Honokaʻa man for a break-in that occurred in August of this year in Honokaʻa.

Sam Ryelan Perez

Today at 10:45 a.m. (September 14, 2012) after conferring with prosecutors, Sam Ryelan Perez was charged for one count of first degree burglary and one count of second degree theft. Bail for Perez was set at $35,000.00 and he is being held at the police cellblock pending his initial appearance on Monday.

On August 23, 2012 shortly before 4:00 p.m., a 57-year-old Honokaʻa woman called police and reported that upon returning home, she discovered that her residence was entered and several items were missing.

Police learned that a neighbor observed a male running through adjacent yards and recognized Perez.

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

Police have recovered a portion of the stolen property allegedly taken by Perez.

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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