Red laptop containing valuable turtle research data stolen in Haleiwa

Patrick Doyle
Patrick Doyle

By Leland Kim - bio | email

HALEIWA (KHNL) -  A Haleiwa man needs your help in tracking down a laptop computer that was stolen from his house Tuesday.  Other belongings, valued at several thousands of dollars, were also taken, but the computer has valuable, scientific data that cannot be replaced.

The laptop belongs to Malama Na Honu, a non-profit organization that helps educate people about the endangered Hawaiian green sea turtle.  It contains two years' worth of research and photographs that were going to be made into a book.

Patrick Doyle has been teaching people about the Hawaiian honu at Laniakea Beach for several years.

He and other volunteers have diligently kept track of each turtle.

"The way that we identify the honu there is we have our volunteers identify them by sight, indicative markings about certain turtles," said Doyle.

This is part of an ongoing effort to educate folks about the endangered animal.

"For the last two years, I've been photographing our population of baskers at the beach," said Doyle. "We've been working towards putting together an identification book, not just for the volunteers but for the public."

All that research information and photographs of the turtles were stored in a red Gateway laptop similar to this one.

But Wednesday, it and other belongings were stolen from Doyle's house in Haleiwa.

"As time goes by, you start to realize, start to think somebody was in my home and in my personal belongings, there's a sense of feeling violated," he said.  "Then the morning after, it starts to turn into a little bit of anger."

Several thousand dollars worth of stuff, including cameras and lens, were stolen from him.

"They also rummaged through your desk, right?" asked KHNL.

"They went through all the drawers in the desk, went through all the paperwork on the desk, took a irreplaceable piggy bank that had some coins, coin rollers, another external hard drive, a bunch of iPod equipment," said Doyle.

Honolulu police started an investigation, looking for clues and dusting for fingerprints, but Doyle hopes whoever did this brings at least the laptop back.

"For whatever reason you came into my house and violated my space and took my personal belongings, you know, keep them. Keep it all, whatever you need to do with them," he said.  "But if there's any way I can get those photos back, or get that laptop back, that's my wish right now. That perhaps somehow all of that hard work and energy that was put into all that priceless stuff that cannot be replaced, can somehow find its way back to me."

Once again, if you have any information on this case, call the Honolulu Police Department or contact Malama Na Honu by clicking here or going to the link on this page.