Hawai’i Police Department
Criminal Investigations Section, Area I
Lieutenant Mitchell Kanehailua
March 4, 2009
Hawai’i Island police have arrested three men who were featured on the most recent edition of the Crime Stoppers television program "Hawaii Island’s Most Wanted." The episode first aired on February 6.
In it, police had asked for the public’s help in identifying a man who was photographed by a surveillance camera at the scene of several car break-ins in Hilo. Police arrested 32-year-old Brian E. Perreira on February 25 for second-degree theft. Detectives conducted further investigation and charged Perreira with four counts of second-degree theft, three counts of unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle, one count of criminal property damage, one count of unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle, one count of second-degree burglary and one count of first-degree trespassing. His bail was set at $55,000.
The television program had also asked for the public’s help in locating 26-year-old Richard Davis Potter and 25-year-old Mark Yun Jin McCurley.
Potter was arrested on February 20 on a contempt of court bench warrant. He was also arrested and charged with burglary and second-degree theft. His bail was set at $7,200.
McCurley was arrested on February 27 on a contempt of court warrant. He was also arrested and charged with burglary and unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle. His bail was set at $4,400.
"The Hawai’i Police Department appreciates the continued assistance by the public in the solving of crimes and apprehension of wanted persons," said Lieutenant Mitchell Kanehailua from the Criminal Investigations Section in Hilo. He asked that anyone with information on criminal activity or wanted persons call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311. Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona. All Crime Stoppers calls are kept confidential.
"Hawai’i Island’s Most Wanted" is a project of Crime Stoppers Hilo, Inc., which is a partnership of the business community, the media and the police. It was inspired by the national TV show, "America’s Most Wanted."
Since the program began airing in February 2007, police have asked for help in locating 56 people who were either wanted or missing. Thanks to tips from the public, police have cleared 31 of those cases.
The program airs on Na Leo O Hawai’i Community Television Channel 54 on Sundays at 5 p.m. and Fridays at 5:30 p.m. It also airs intermittently on Channel 53.