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Puna Man Charged With Auto Theft and Other Offenses

Big Island police have charged a 30-year-old Kurtistown man with a variety of offenses following his arrest on Monday (October 8) in Puna for allegedly stealing a car.

Claude Keone Krause

On August 17, at about 6:30 a.m., police received a report of a sighting of a vehicle that had been reportedly stolen from a home in Kurtistown. The stolen vehicle was recovered but the driver fled prior to the officers’ arrival.

Claude Keone Krause was identified as the driver and police were seeking him for questioning.

At about 10:30 a.m. Monday (October 8), police were conducting checks at a home on Huina Road in Kurtistown and spotted Krause. Following a brief foot pursuit, patrol officers apprehended him. During the arrest, a 41-year-old Puna patrol officer sustained minor injuries after Krause allegedly assaulted the officer and resisted arrest.

The officer, a 6-year veteran of the Police Department, was treated and released for his injuries at Hilo Medical Center.

At about 12:45 p.m. Tuesday, after conferring with prosecutors, detectives from the Area I, Criminal Investigations Section charged Krause with unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle, resisting arrest and first-degree assault against a law enforcement officer. His bail was set at $22,000. He remains in the police cellblock pending his initial court appearance Wednesday afternoon (October 10).

West Hawaii Seeing Rash of Auto and Moped Thefts

Big Island police are warning the public that West Hawaiʻi has experienced a rash of auto and moped thefts in recent weeks.


The auto thieves seem to be targeting Honda sedans, Toyota Tacoma pickup trucks and mopeds, but other vehicles have also been stolen. Since July 1, police have investigated 25 cases of unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle.

Police advice the public to lock vehicles doors, even those parked in a private driveway. It takes only a few minutes to steal a car left unattended and unlocked.

Police recommend that managers of apartment and condominium complexes with surveillance equipment inspect the equipment regularly to ensure that it is functioning properly.

Police ask that anyone with information about who might be responsible for these auto thefts call Detective Sean Smith at 326-4646, extension 262, or 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 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.

Big Island Police Arrest Kona Man in Connection with Car Theft

Big Island police have arrested and charged a Kona man in connection with the theft of a car in May.

The 1995 Honda Accord was stolen from a home in the Seaview subdivision in Kailua-Kona sometime between 6 p.m. May 14 and 6:30 a.m. May 15.

Police recovered the Honda on May 15, after a South Kohala patrol officer made a traffic stop on the driver in Waimea. The driver fled the area on foot and was able to evade officers.

Jesse Travis Ralston

Weeks of investigation led to the identity of a suspect, 22-year-old Jesse Travis Ralston of Kailua-Kona. He was located and arrested at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday (July 17) in Kailua-Kona and held in the Kona police cellblock while detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigations Section continued the investigation.

At 10:15 a.m. Thursday (July 19), detectives charged Ralston with unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle. He was released Thursday night after posting $2,000 bail.

Big Island Police Arrest Kona Man on Auto Theft and Other Offenses

A Kona man is in police custody for auto theft and other offenses.

Matthew Guba

A patrol officer on routine patrol last Wednesday (June 20) noticed a sedan being driven by a man known to the officer as someone without a valid driver’s license. After confirming with police dispatchers that the motorist was unlicensed, the officer attempted to make a traffic stop using his lights and siren.

The driver sped away, recklessly passing other motorists. The officer discontinued the pursuit for the safety of the public but continued to search for the vehicle and was able to locate it within a few minutes at the intersection of Kiloa Road and Kinue Road. It was stopped and unoccupied with the driver door ajar and the engine idling. The car had been reported stolen earlier that afternoon.

An all-points bulletin was issued for the driver, 28-year-old Matthew Guba of Kailua-Kona.

On Saturday (June 23) at 11:45 p.m., an officer located Guba in Kailua-Kona and arrested him on suspicion of unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle and resisting an order to stop. He was taken to the Kona police cellblock while detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigations Section continued the investigation.

At 11:30 a.m. Monday (June 25), Guba was charged with unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle, resisting an order to stop, driving without a license and reckless driving. His bail was set at $13,000. He remains at the cellblock pending his initial court appearance scheduled for Tuesday (June 26).

Police are taking this opportunity to advise the public that the West Hawaiʻi area has experienced a rash of unrelated vehicle thefts with six reported in the last two weeks. The vehicles being targeted are early model Honda sedans and Toyota Tacomas. The area has also experienced an increase in unauthorized entries into motor vehicles.

Police urge the public to safeguard their vehicles by locking them and not leaving valuables inside.