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Hilo man charged with burglary, theft, fraud, forgery, firearms violations and promoting drugs


Christopher Perkins

Christopher Perkins

Hawaiʻi 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 (March 19), Kona patrol officers responded to a nuisance call at Honokōhau 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.

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

In Hilo, detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section were investigating a burglary that took place Sunday (March 16) at a home in the upper Kūkūau 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 (March 20), 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.

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 cellblock 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/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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