Kona man charged with felonies related to vehicle break-ins 10-03-14

Hawaiʻi Police Department
Criminal Investigations Section, Area II
Lieutenant Gerald Wike
Phone: 326-4646, Ext. 266
Report No. C14025845


Media Release

A Kona man is in police custody after being charged with seven offenses stemming from two vehicle break-ins.

On September 24, Kona Patrol officers responded to a condominium on the 75-5700 block of Kuakini Highway. A 51-year-old Pāhoa man reported that his pickup truck had been broken into while it was parked at the condo and that items valued at $447 had been removed.

Police investigation led to the identity of the suspect as 27-year-old Jeffrey Kaimi Keanaaina of Kailua-Kona. He was located in Kailua-Kona on Wednesday afternoon (October 1), arrested and taken to the Kona police cellblock while detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigations Section continued the investigation.

Keanaaina was also a suspect in an unrelated investigation. On the morning of September 21, a 33-year-old Kailua-Kona woman reported that she saw a man remove her purse from her pickup truck, which was parked at a restaurant on Hulikoa Drive in Kailua-Kona. She and her husband confronted the man, who got into a pickup truck next to theirs, tried to punch the woman, dropped the purse and fled by reversing the truck with the door still open. The victim became wedged between her truck and the open door of the truck the suspect was driving. She was treated at the scene for her injuries but did not require hospitalization.

Police determined that the truck the suspect was driving had been reported as stolen from Haleolono Street in Kailua-Kona on September 20.

At 10:30 a.m. Friday (October 3), detectives charged Keanaaina with robbery, assault, unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle, two counts of unauthorized entry of a motor vehicle and two counts of theft. His bail was set at $76,000. He remains at the cellblock pending his initial court appearance scheduled for Monday (October 6).

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