9-08-23 Police Arrest and Charge Captain Cook Man for Theft of More than 50 Street Signs

Hawai‘i Police Department
Area II Criminal Investigation Section
Lieutenant Michael Hardie
Phone: (808) 326-4646, Ext. 266
Report No.: 23-085606

Media Release

Detectives with Hawai‘i Police Departtment’s Area II Criminal Investigation Section (CIS) arrested and charged a 53-year-old Captain Cook man with second-degree theft as part of their invstigation into the theft more than 50 specialty license plates, as well as state and county street signs in west Hawai‘i.

After receiving numerous reports of thefts of specialty license plates, as well as state and county signs, Area II CIS investigators identified Christopher Kroncke as a suspect during the course of their investigation.

On Wednesday, September 6, 2023, shortly after 3:30 p.m., Area II CIS detectives, Kona Community Policing officers, and Kona Patrol officers executed a search warrant at Kroncke’s residence in Captain Cook to search for any of the reported stolen items.

Upon execution of the search warrant, police recovered 51 state and county street signs, with a total value of $11,455. These signs included stop signs, highway mile marker signs, street name signs, and district designation signs. Kroncke was arrested at the scene and transported to the Kealakehe Police Station pending continued investigation by CIS detectives.

On Thursday morning, September 7, 2023, after conferring with the County Prosecutor’s Office, detectives charged Kroncke with second-degree theft and his bail was set at $2,000. He was released after posting bail and is scheduled to appear in the Kona District Court on Thursday, October 5, 2023.

Anyone with information about this investigation is encouraged to contact Detective Len Hamakado at (808)326-4646, ext. 224, or via email at Len.Hamakado@hawaiicounty.gov.

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