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Hilo Man Charged with Three Felonies

Posted February 6, 2017, 09:14 AM HST Updated February 6, 2017, 03:20 PM HST
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22-year-old Kekanaka B. Perez-Poai of Hilo. Photo: HPD.

A Hilo man was arrested and charged on Thursday, Feb. 2, in connection with the theft of a golf car at Waiākea High School.

The gas-powered cart was thought to be taken sometime between Tuesday, Jan. 31, and Wednesday, Feb. 1, in addition to two car batteries from a secured storage area at the high school campus.

Following an investigation, Hawaiʻi Island Police identified 22-year-old Kekanaka B. Perez-Poai of Hilo as a suspect in connection with the burglary. Perez-Poai was subsequently arrested and charged with three felony counts after

Police recovered the stolen golf cart as well as a glass pipe with suspected meth residue on his person. The charges included unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle, third-degree promotion of a dangerous drug and third-degree promotion of drug paraphernalia. His bail was set at $6,000. Detectives are continuing to investigate the burglary.

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Anyone with information about this case or any witnesses who observed anyone operating the golf cart is asked to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311 or to contact Detective Tuckloy Aurello at (808) 961-2385 or tuckloy.aurello@hawaiicounty.gov.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at (808) 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

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