Suspected serial burglar caught

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A suspected serial burglar is behind bars, awaiting charges.

Travis Massey was caught near Liliha Monday morning, several hours after police say he was seen on surveillance video breaking into a bank.

Massey was wanted by police even before Monday.

Detectives had been looking for him in connection with an IHOP burglary in Waikiki.

On Monday morning, police were called to Nuuanu Shopping Plaza after a security alarm went off.

“I came into work this morning and there were tons of HPD cops here.  And I’m like, ‘Oh, what is going on?,'” Radio Shack Nuuanu Manager Anthony Arnold said.

Some of the businesses had just been burglarized.

“Thank goodness they didn’t get into ours,” Arnold said.

But the burglar was able to get into Territorial Savings. Police say two other businesses were also broken into.

“Somebody came through the roof around 4:30 this morning, and was trying to get into all the tenants in the area.  There’s air conditioning ducts up on top,” Arnold said.

The bank gave police a copy of its surveillance video, and officers recognized the suspect as Travis Massey, a 30-year-old homeless man, who has five prior convictions for petty misdemeanor crimes.

Police caught Massey several hours later on College Walk, near Vineyard Boulevard, after a brief chase in Nuuanu Stream.

Massey was booked for the bank burglary and also for a home burglary.

He was identified as the man who broke into a residential care home on Bachelot Street, also on Monday morning.

Police are still trying to find evidence to link Massey to the two other business burglaries at Nuuanu Shopping Plaza.

Arnold says he was worried something like this was going to happen.

“I am totally not surprised.  It’s not a question of if, it’s a question of when. With a very low type of security presence that we have it’s going to get bad before it gets better,” Arnold said.

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