Kapolei home burglarized during family party

Homeowner Carmen Meres points out the second-story window where she believes burglars broke in.

A Kapolei woman is shaken after her home was burglarized during a family party. About 20 people were at the house when thieves broke into the home. It’s a crime that’s happening so often, experts are no longer surprised.

On Saturday night, Carmen Meres was in her backyard hosting a party for her birthday. Toward the end of the night, the celebration turned sour when she stepped back inside her house and went upstairs.

She realized that $600, rings, laptops, tablets and video game consoles were missing. She believes thieves made off with $4,000 worth of cash and items while kids were playing downstairs and adults were outside.

Her alarm system was not turned on and even though her front door was unlocked, Meres believes thieves got in through a second-floor window. “The blinds were all messed up, the window was still open, but the screen was off,” Meres said. “Then we saw the mud on the bed and on the window sill.”

The homeowner believes the criminals jumped on the fence to get to the roof and walked on the side of the house to get to the window where they broke in.

Former Honolulu Police Chief Lee Donohue says some criminals target this kind of situation when people don’t expect to be hit with a crime.

“They’ll look around and they may even know of a party going on through the grapevine,” said Donohue. “Some of them did do it because they’re professional burglars, but some of it them just do it for the thrill to see if they can do it.”

Meres, who has lived in this house for four years, is now securing her home at all times. She’s also spreading the word to residents so they can keep an eye on this neighborhood. And for the thieves who violated her home during a family party, she has this message: “You have guts to get here when people are around, but it’s not going to happen again. I’ll make sure of that.”

Meres filed a police report and says officers dusted her home for fingerprints.

If you noticed anything suspicious in the area on Saturday night, you’re asked to call police.

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