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Crook 'caught on camera' in Hawaii Kai

HAWAII KAI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

There's been a series of burglaries and break-ins in a Hawaii Kai neighborhood off Lunalilo Home road recently.

Someone has been breaking into cars and stealing items in Kukuiula Loop near Kaiser High School.

"The crook was back just about a week and a half ago, but this time he was caught on video by a very well placed security camera."

"He's nosing around my neighbor's SUV."

Joe Fukumoto gives us the play by play. It's his home surveillance system that caught images of a man first trying to get into a vehicle across the street then coming over to Fukumoto's and getting into his car.

"There he is looking through my briefcase. Took out my checkbook. He didn't take that," said Fukumoto.

In fact all the crook took was about $15 in coins and small bills. But Fukumoto says that's not the point. "You invaded the sanctity of my home. That's what you did. You've disturbed my piece of mind. My feeling of security. We've been in the neighborhood for years."

The man triggered a motion detector which turned on a light in the car port.

Still he rummaged around in Fukumoto's car for about five minutes.

As he fled he clutched his pockets perhaps so nothing would rattle and wake people.

Then he broke into at least two other cars at homes down the street. Fukumoto is hoping his video will lead to an arrest. "I see this guy. He's very identifiable."

"I don't know why he's doing it, if he's a drug addict and needs drug money ... We got him. I got him. I want this guy caught. I'm going to prosecute him."

Until the culprit is caught residents in the Hawaii Kai neighborhood say they are not taking any chances. They're keeping an eye out, and now, always locking their doors.

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