Thieves strike again: More computers swiped from UH offices

University of Hawaii Moore Hall
University of Hawaii Moore Hall

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For the second time in less than a week, thieves strike a building on the University of Hawaii at Manoa campus.

That’s forcing the school to beef up security.

Campus security is adding more officers at night, hoping to prevent more break-ins. But even they admit they need more help.

Workers spend all Wednesday morning, fixing the wooden door frames of 12 offices in Moore Hall.

“We didn’t expect there to be a second incident, but I guess we were wrong,”Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures Chair Ming-Bao Yue said.

Last Thursday, eight offices in the same building were hit. Yue said seven computers were stolen then. On Tuesday night, two Macs were ripped off, one belonging to her.

“I think people are shocked, and people feel we need more security,” Yue said.

“We’re bringing in a guard for Moore Hall and we’re increasing our staff on the midnight shift,”UH Campus Security Capt. Alberta Pukahi said.

Capt. Pukahi said two more officers will be on campus during the overnight hours. Still, that might not be enough.

“There’s probably more work than officers,” Capt. Pukahi said.

Campus security is also making another change. When thieves broke in Tuesday at around 11 p.m., the main doors to the building were still unlocked.

“That’s another thing we’re looking at. Securing it earlier. Starting tonight,” she said.

Security did receive descriptions of the persons of interest. They received a report of a suspicious couple outside the building.

A second report of a male running from the building was also made. The person of interest got into a parked white truck and drove off.

The male is in his 20s, 6’0″ with blonde hair. The woman is 5’2″, 120 pounds with long blonde hair.

“Maybe they’re somebody who actually goes to school here,” student Andrew Shineflew said.

“Not sure why they chose Moore Hall out of all the buildings on campus,” student Bhonna Gaspar said.

Anyone with information about these incidents are asked to call HPD or UH Campus Security at (808) 956-6911.

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