Puna Man Charged with Burglary and Gun Charges

The Hawai`i Police Department has arrested and charged 35-year-old Kalei Kona Brooks of Keaʻau with an array of property and firearm offenses.

On Friday, October 16, after conferring with County Prosecutors, Police charged Brooks with third-degree promotion of a dangerous drug, first-degree burglary, possession of burglary tools, burglary during emergency period, fourth-degree theft, ownership/possession firearm prohibited, place to keep firearm, carry/use of firearm in a separate felony, possession of prohibited weapons, mandatory registration of firearm required, and permit to acquire firearm.

His total bail was set at $161,000.  

Shortly before 2:30 a.m. on Friday, Puna Patrol officers responded to a reported active burglary of a residence on Lilikoi Drive in Kurtistown. Upon arrival, officers heard someone within the house, and shortly afterwards, a male subject ran out and fled on foot. While officers pursued the subject on foot, he was observed discarding a pistol. After a short pursuit, Brooks was arrested without further incident.

During the course of this investigation in was determined that the loaded firearm in Brooks’ possession had been reported stolen in a separate burglary investigation on Beach Road in Hawaiian Paradise Park, in August 2020.

Police want to remind the public that in light of the current COVID-19 (coronavirus) Emergency Proclamation which was declared by Hawaiʻi Governor David Ige, that there are enhanced penalties for certain offenses. These offenses include, but are not limited to, burglary, theft, criminal property damage, and robbery.

HPD photo.