Surveillance video catches man stealing wallet from baby carriage

Krystle Tennyson
Krystle Tennyson

By Leland Kim - bio | email

WAIKIKI (KHNL) - It's a story you've heard before: someone snatches a person's purse or wallet, when they least expect it. That's what happened to a woman in Waikiki over the weekend.

The store where it happened has multiple surveillance cameras and the suspect was caught in the act of stealing the woman's wallet, but even more disturbing is how he stole it.

This tobacco shop in Waikiki caters to an eclectic bunch of customers. Bob Marley merchandise is popular here.

Employees here are used to laid back people coming in.

"We were working and a gentleman came in and asked if we sold these air fresheners and I told him we didn't," said Krystle Tennyson, who has worked at Smokey's off and on for the past four years.

The guy she's referring to is the man in the blue cut off shirt in the surveillance video.

Take a good look at his face because you could help catch him. This guy looked around for a bit, and made small talk with the employees. Then, his eyes locked onto a wallet in a baby stroller.

It happened just after 3 pm on Sunday. The baby stroller was right here against this glass case when the suspect made his move.

"He tried to go for the wallet three different times but I kept walking over so he backed away," said Tennyson. "And right before be left, he just grabbed it and walked out."

Tennyson works with the victim, who didn't even realize what had happened until she got home.

"That's pretty low to steal from a mother just straight out of her baby stroller," said Tennyson. "And then to have the audacity to walk out and go, 'Take care of the baby.' I don't know. Just low."

The victim had important documents in her wallet, including her baby's medical paperwork.

"I just hope he gets caught," said Tennyson.

The suspect has been in the store several times. He is well known in Waikiki, apparently a homeless man who rides a bicycle.

"This probably isn't his first time so, I just hope it puts a stop to this man and what he's doing," said Tennyson.

If you know him or have any information about this case, please contact Honolulu police at (808) 955-8300.