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Man arrested for Kona, Hilo burglaries

March 21, 2014 - 3:44pm

Big Island police have charged a 53-year-old former Hilo man with various offenses stemming from crimes that allegedly occurred on both sides of the island.

At 12:33 a.m. Thursday, Kona patrol officers responded to a nuisance call at Honokohau Small Boat Harbor and made contact with Christopher Brian Perkins, who was seated in a light blue 1990 BMW sedan. Officers recovered what appeared to be marijuana after obtaining permission to search the car, according to the Hawaii Police Department.

Perkins also was wanted for a burglary and credit card offenses that stemmed from an incident in which a Kailua-Kona couple reported their home had been forcibly entered. It was initially believed nothing had been removed from the house, but an investigation revealed several unauthorized transactions had been made at Kona businesses using the victims’ credit card number, police said.

Perkins was identified as the suspect through video surveillance that police recovered from one of the businesses. Perkins was initially held in the Kona police cell block while Area II Criminal Investigations Section detectives continued the investigation.

In Hilo, Area I Criminal Investigations Section detectives were investigating a burglary that took place Sunday at a home in the upper Kukuau Street area, where jewelry and a firearm were reportedly stolen. Detectives recovered video surveillance from the property and were able to link the BMW seen in the video to Perkins, who had recently acquired the car.

Police were actively seeking him for questioning. At 7 p.m. Thursday, after conferring with prosecutors, Kona detectives charged Perkins with first-degree burglary, five counts of fraudulent use of a credit card, five counts of fourth-degree theft, five counts of third-degree identity theft, two counts of third-degree computer fraud, seven counts of second-degree forgery, and one count of third-degree promoting a detrimental drug. His bail for the Kona cases was set at $234,000, police said.

Perkins was then arrested on suspicion of first-degree burglary, first-degree theft, and second-degree theft in connection with the Hilo case. He was transferred to the Hilo cell block while Area I detectives continued the investigation into that case.

At 9 a.m. Friday, after conferring with prosecutors, Hilo detectives charged Perkins with first-degree burglary, first-degree theft, second-degree theft and two counts of ownership or possession prohibited firearms and ammunition. His bail for the Hilo case was set at $110,000. Detectives have recovered the stolen firearm and ammunition.

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