Police make arrest in Kokua Market break-in

Police make arrest in Kokua Market break-in

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Remember the surveillance video we showed you of a man who allegedly broke into the Kokua market in Moiliili? Police were able to track down a 22-year old suspect.

The man was arrested and then released pending investigation. Police say it doesn't appear to be a random act. The man may have been a disgruntled employee.

At around 12:30 AM on Friday June 18 the suspect was photographed inside the Kokua Market on South King Street.The man entered the store through a skylight. Upon entering, he set off the alarm and then eventually fled through a fire exit.

"And you'll see him running through the store and I believe because the alarm went off he is flustered, he is just running through the store and just starts damaging items. Unable to exit through the front door and you see him throwing a bottle or a can that embeds into the glass door. And he finally figures out his exit through the fire exit" said Sgt. Kim Buffett of CrimeStoppers.

This was the latest in a string of business burglaries on Oahu. Twice in the last six months burglars took a 300-pound safe from the Boston's North End Bakery in Aiea. Many restaurants and retailers in Aiea and across the island have been hit multiple times by people stealing equipment and big items. The Honolulu police department has started an island-wide task force to investigate the break-ins.

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