Hawai‘i Island police have arrested and charged 34-year-old Richard “Kini Boy” Kuakini Kaleohano Jr., of Hilo, with an array of burglary and theft offenses.
On Wednesday afternoon, January 20, 2021, after conferring with county prosecutors, police charged Kaleohano with three counts of burglary during an emergency period, three counts of first-degree theft, three counts of second-degree burglary, and fourth-degree theft. His total bail was set at $161,000.
Earlier that same day, members of the Area I Special Enforcement Unit arrested Kaleohano at a residence in Keaukaha, on two outstanding warrants of arrest stemming from two separate burglary investigations that began in 2020.
In early September 2020, a public storage facility in Hilo reported that numerous storage units had their locks cut and items removed. Kaleohano was observed on the facility’s surveillance system and identified as a suspect.
In mid-December 2020, a Hawai’i County Department of Parks and Recreation facility in Hilo was broken into and various tools were reported stolen. The estimated value was approximately $6,000. During the course of this investigation Kaleohano was identified as a suspect.
Kaleohano remains in police custody pending his initial court appearance scheduled for today, January 21, 2021, in Hilo District Court.
Police want to remind the public that in light of Governor Ige’s current Covid-19 Emergency Proclamation, there are enhanced penalties for certain offenses. These offenses include, but are not limited to, burglary, theft, criminal property damage, and robbery.