HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Six people caught by a surveillance camera stealing toys from Toys 'R' Us at Windward Mall are prepared to turn themselves in to police and want to return stolen items to the store.
The suspects contacted Honolulu attorney Myles Breiner after the surveillance video aired on Hawaii News Now last week.
"They recognize they are in trouble. They know that they are going to have to deal with this in court," Breiner said.
The video clearly shows five women and a man carrying items from the store, through a service corridor toward the parking lot.
Breiner said after the video aired the women brought boxes of stolen merchandise to his office. He told Hawaii News Now he has contacted the store manager to say he has the toys. And he has called police hoping to arrange a time and place where the suspects can surrender.
"At this juncture we're waiting for the police to contact us. We've left several calls to the criminal intelligence division - made it known that I'm handling this matter for the various women. I've made arrangements with other attorneys so that in the event the women are charged, that they have representation or get free attorneys appointed because I doubt any of them can really afford legal counsel at this point. That fact is that what they did was wrong. There's no excuse for it," Breiner said.
Breiner, a former prosecutor, expects the suspects will be charged with second degree theft, a crime punishable with up to five years in prison.
He said the suspects will turn themselves in once police get back to him and they make arrangements for their surrender. It could happen as soon as Tuesday.