Bicycles may be new target for thieves in Waikiki

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Some Waikiki residents say crime in their neighborhood isn’t limited to car break-ins and apartment burglaries. They say a different kind of theft ring is apparently becoming more brazen and inconvenient.

“They come every day, every two days or whatever, and they are always in that area,” Waikiki resident Glenn Mercante said.

Waikiki residents say they’ve seen an increase in suspicious activity in their neighborhood.

“They come, they bring bikes, they tie them to the tree, they come back. They seem to do something over there,” Mercante said.

Residents say random bicycles are often found in the area, then taken apart and littered along the street.

“I think they are stealing the bikes. They are putting them there and they are waiting to see if anyone finds them or comes for them, or if the police notice anything. And then they are coming back and using the parts,” Mercante said.

“People will park their bikes along here and then the next day a tire will be gone or something will be gone,” Waikiki resident Justine Herrera said.

Some of the area residents KHON2 spoke to say some of these bicycle thieves take the bicycles and parts. They assemble them across from the Ala Wai Canal or bring them under the trees next to the buildings.

“They might have a whole bicycle theft thing going on like people do with cars. They take the cars and they steal them, they bring them to a shop. They take different parts off different cars, they make different cars,” Mercante said.

The suspected thieves are apparently becoming more brazen, operating in broad daylight.

“Bikes have been getting stolen from this building. Also, cars are getting hit here,” Mercante said.

“That’s the risk you take when you park your bike on the street. And I mean anybody, anywhere in Honolulu is cause for theft,” Herrera said.

On Monday morning, Honolulu police received a call reporting a man spotted stripping bikes along the Ala Wai Canal and throwing tires into the water.

Police checked it out. In the end, officers booked a 44-year-old man, but for criminal contempt warrants. They did seize three unregistered bicycles that were in his possession.

“People that are doing crimes on the street that are hurting the community, put them in jail. Let them think about it. Let them out if they do it again makes it worse,” Mercante said.

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