WANTED: HPD Seeks 2 Men on Multiple Warrants

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Christopher “Whitey” Wright and Thomas Ballesteros. HPD photos.

Hawaiʻi Island Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating two men wanted on multiple warrants and questioning regarding thefts and burglaries.

Police are looking for Christopher “Whitey” Wright, a 56-year-old male, described as 6-foot-1-inches tall, weighing 170 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. Wright often frequents the Ocean View and South Kona areas. He is wanted on a $20,000 warrant of arrest.

Also wanted is 45-year-old Thomas Ballesteros. He is described as 5-foot-8-inches tall, weighing 210 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes, and with tattoos on his stomach, right arm and back. Ballesteros is known to frequent Honuapu Beach Park, also known as Whittington Beach Park, Ocean View, and Plumeria Lane in the Kaʻū District. Ballesteros has a total of $3,300 in outstanding warrants for his arrest.


Anyone who may have information on their whereabouts is asked to call Officer Shawn Ibarra at (808) 939-2520 or the police department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the islandwide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300 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 does not record calls or subscribe to any caller ID service. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

This information was provided by the authorities. All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.


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