It’s a problem that residents of every community are dealing with — the threat of burglaries in their neighborhood.
One of the latest break-ins happened over the weekend in Niu Valley. The burglar rummaged through the couple’s home while they were asleep. Now they’re taking action to warn others.
Their house on Kanau Street is equipped with security cameras. The surveillance video shows the burglar entering their patio at 1:26 a.m. on Saturday. He eventually cut open the kitchen screen, removed the louvers, and went into their house.
KHON2 asked: “What goes through your mind as you watch the video?”
The husband, who didn’t want to be identified, replied: “Invasion, home invasion. He was no more than seven feet from my bed when I was sleeping, went into our bathroom, into our medicine cabinet. Took my pants from inside the bathroom, took it out rifled through my wallet, took all my cash, rifled through my wife’s purse and took her jewelry.”
At 2:54 a.m., the video shows the burglar exiting the patio.
“He has my grandson’s fishing pole, pork chops, hamburger, some shrimp,” the husband said.
In all, the burglar spent about an hour and a half on the property. The couple is thankful though that they slept through the whole thing.
“I would want to confront him but I know he would get the better of me,” the husband said.
Some of the images are now posted on the Niu Valley community’s Facebook page.
KHON2 asked: “What do you think about the use of social media to help catch these criminals?”
The husband replied: “I think it helps a lot to get the word out because the police can only do so much.”
In fact, many other communities also use social media to spread the word. HPD even uses social media, reaching out to the public for help in identifying and catching criminals.
As for the Niu Valley burglar, the couple is hoping someone will recognize him from the video, which also shows him walking, and the tattoo on his arm. There’s also an image of the car which they think is his.
“I hope they find him,” the husband said.
The couple is glad they put up the cameras — a worthy investment for just a few hundred dollars.
If you recognize the burglar, call Honolulu police as soon as possible.