Pahoa Man Charged in Crime Captured on Surveillance

A 43-year-old Pahoa man was charged for theft and firearm offenses after the crime was captured on video surveillance.

After conferring with prosecutors, detectives from the Hawai`i Police Department’s Area I Criminal Investigation Section charged Captain Max Starbuck Blackwell with first-degree burglary, one count of third-degree theft, one count of unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle, one count of place to keep, and one count of registration mandatory.

Bail for Blackwell was set at $13,000 and he is scheduled to make his initial court appearance on Monday.

Blackwell’s charges stem from an incident that occurred on Wednesday, March 20, when Blackwell allegedly entered a Malama Street property in Pahoa and allegedly removed surveillance cameras from the residence. While conducting checks, officers were able to locate the property that was seen in surveillance footage before the system was disabled.

In addition to recovering a stolen motorcycle, police also recovered the stolen surveillance cameras and a firearm.

HPD photo.