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Man Charged in Burglaries in Hilo, Kona

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A 53-year-old former Hilo man has been charged with burglary and related offenses for allegedly breaking into homes on both sides of the island.

Christopher Brian Perkins was being held today on a combined bail of $344,000 for 31 offenses.

Perkins was arrested early Thursday by Kona patrol officers responding to a nuisance call from Honokohau Boat Harbor.

Police said Perkins, who was parked in a light-blue 1990 BMW sedan, gave officers permission to search his car. Inside, police allegedly found what appeared to be marijuana.

At the time, Perkins was wanted in connection with burglary and credit card offenses stemming from a break-in in Kailua-Kona. The residents of the home were not aware anything had been stolen until credit card charges in their name began registering at Kona businesses.

Police said Perkins was identified as the alleged culprit through one of the business’ video surveillance system.

Meanwhile, detectives in Hilo were looking for Perkins after investigation of a March 16 burglary on upper Kukuau Street revealed Perkin’s vehicle caught on the home’s video surveillance camera. A firearm and ammunition were taken in the break-in.

Perkins was charged Thursday in Kona with burglary; five counts each of fraudulent use of a credit card, theft and identity theft; two counts of computer fraud; seven counts of forgery; and promotion of a detrimental drug.

On Friday, Hilo detectives charged Perkins with burglary, two counts of theft and single counts of prohibited ownership of a firearm and of ammunition.

The stolen firearm and ammunition were recovered by police.


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