HPD: Suspect in custody for theft of pro golfer's credit cards

10pm report, HPD: Suspect in custody for theft of pro golfer's credit cards
Robert Allenby
Robert Allenby
Harbison in court on Thursday
Harbison in court on Thursday

WAIKIKI (HawaiiNewsNow) - A man who was arrested in the Robert Allenby case appeared in court on Thursday, accused of charging up to $20,000 on three of the professional golfer's credit cards.

Police sources tell Hawaii News Now that the suspect, 32-year-old Patrick Owen Harbison, is the man seen on surveillance video at various Waikiki stores using the pro golfer's credit cards.

Harbison has been in custody for weeks on unrelated crimes but is now being held for theft in the pro golfer's case. Allenby, who was in Honolulu for the Sony Open, claimed he was beaten, kidnapped, robbed and thrown into a trunk after leaving a Honolulu wine bar. The authenticity of his story was widely questioned after a homeless woman who found Allenby that night told a different version of what happened.

Police did not confirm if Harbison had any contact with Allenby the night he was found passed out on Kapiolani Boulevard, but they did say he went on a major spending spree with Allenby's credit cards.

"He made purchases throughout the Honolulu area at various retail and convenience stores," Lt. John McCarthy said. "There were various items that were purchased, some of which we actually recovered."

A friend of Harbison's who went to high school with him in South Carolina said Harbison had bounced around doing odd jobs in Hawaii, including media production work.

"I've known Owen for a long time," Chris Bednarek said. "He's a good person. He's fallen on some hard times, but that happens to everybody."

The following is a news release from the Honolulu Police Department:

An arrest has been made in the case involving Australian golfer Robert Allenby. Honolulu police booked a 32-year-old male this afternoon for three counts of second-degree identity theft, three counts of second-degree attempted theft, and one count of unauthorized possession of confidential personal information. The suspect was arrested at the Oahu Community Correctional Center where he was being held on a contempt warrant for an unrelated incident. The male has five previous convictions, including one felony drug conviction.

Investigators identified numerous unauthorized charges made on Mr. Allenby's credit cards. The charges were made at various retail and convenience stores on Oahu.

No additional suspects are being sought, and this case has been turned over to the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney.

Second-degree identity theft is a Class B felony punishable by 10 years imprisonment. Second-degree theft and unauthorized possession of confidential personal information are Class C felonies punishable by five years imprisonment.

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