Police release surveillance photos of moped shop break-in

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

MCCULLY (HawaiiNewsNow) - A McCully business owner says a recent burglary at his place could force him to close up shop. Robert Young says thieves got away with more than $13,000 worth of parts from his moped store.

The break-in happened about a month ago, but police haven't made any arrests. On Wednesday, they released surveillance photos of the suspects, hoping the public can help crack the case.

"They broke this door over here, thereby destroying the dead bolt," Robert Young, burglary victim, said. "Then, because I wasn't really aware, I should have locked this, this, this and this."

Young wishes he had fully secured the back door to his moped shop. He didn't realize it would cost him so dearly.

"I accounted actually what was gone," he said. "My last estimate was based on $13,525."

He says thieves took off with engines, head sets and performance parts, leaving a mess inside the McCully shop he has operated for the past nine years.

"I came in the door. I noticed nuts and bolts, everything all over the floor," Young said.

Investigators believe four men in their 20s broke into Bo Tek Moped on South King Street at about 1 AM September 18th, and loaded the stolen goods into a silver Toyota Camry.

The building's surveillance cameras provided some images, including a close-up of one of the suspects.

"For me to recover from this, I'm simply thinking about just going out of business already," Young said. "Knowing that I'll probably never recover my parts, I want the perpetrators to be incarcerated."

Young and others say moped thefts are a huge problem.

"One of my friends just bought a moped," Micah Miyaki, moped rider, said. "Within three days at his apartment complex, it got stolen. I guess whoever did it, they couldn't get past the chain so they busted the pipe that it was on."

"The thing is that when you lose property, how do you recover? You tell me," Young said.

Young says his shop has a security system, but the alarm didn't go off.

If you have any information about this case, call Crimestoppers at 955-8300.

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