Two charged in Puna burglary


Big Island police have charged a Big Island couple in connection with a break-in Oct. 23 in Puna.

Shortly before 4:45 p.m. Tuesday, police received a tip that led them to a home on 5th Avenue in Hawaiian Paradise Park. Responding officers found 31-year-old Blaine L. K. Faris III of Honomū and 37- year-old Stephanie Michelle Christie of Keaau in the house allegedly in the process of stealing several items.

At 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, after conferring with prosecutors, detectives charged each of them with one count of first-degree burglary. Bail for each was set at $5,000. They were scheduled to make their initial court appearance this afternoon.

Police continue to ask that anyone with information on recent burglary activities to contact either Detective John Rodrigues Jr. at 961-2384 or jrodrigues@co.hawaii.hi.us or Detective Royce Serrao at 961-8810 or rpserrao@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.