Man, 54, charged with breaking into Pepeekeo home

Published On: Sep 14 2012 10:51:03 AM HST

Ralph Curtis Riveira

PEPEEKEO, Hawaii -

Big Island police have charged a former Pepeekeo man for a break-in that occurred in February in Pepeekeo.

At 10 a.m. Friday, after conferring with prosecutors, Ralph Curtis Riveira, 54, of no permanent address, was charged for one count of first degree unauthorized entry into a dwelling.

Bail for Riveira was set at $5,000 and he was scheduled to make his initial court appearance Friday afternoon.

On February 17, at around 10:35 a.m., a 59-year-old Pepeekeo man called police and reported that while at home, he discovered an unknown man in his home.  The suspect fled the area after being confronted by the homeowner.

Detectives continued the investigation and Riveira was identified as the suspect.

Police ask that anyone with information on recent burglary activities to call either Detective John Rodrigues Jr. at 961-2384 or email him at or Detective Royce Serrao at 961-8810 or email him at

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.  Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe.  Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID.  All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.


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