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Armed robbery at Makiki store caught on camera

A man in green robbed the Pensacola Mart in Makiki. A man in green robbed the Pensacola Mart in Makiki.
Krystal Slaughter-Miyamoto Krystal Slaughter-Miyamoto
Asa Ikeda Asa Ikeda
Surveillance cameras Surveillance cameras
A closer image of the suspect from one of the security cameras in the store A closer image of the suspect from one of the security cameras in the store

MAKIKI (HawaiiNewsNow) - A brazen armed robbery on Monday afternoon at the Pensacola Mart in Makiki lasted less than a minute. The thief got away, but he left behind clear images on several security cameras.

Eight surveillance cameras record all the action inside the Pensacola Mart, but that didn't stop a bold robber. He walked into the store at about 2 p.m., looked around, and eventually headed to the register. The clerk told Hawaii News Now that he asked for change to do laundry, then reached into his backpack.

"Pulled the gun out of his bag and he pointed it at me and demanded for the money in the register," said clerk Krystal Slaughter-Miyamoto.

Slaughter-Miyamoto said she rushed to empty the register.

"I was scared. Just basic panic. Just don't aggravate the person with the gun," Slaughter-Miyamoto said. "I put the money in. Just kind of threw it at him cause I didn't want him in here anymore and he took off out door."

The store has dealt with shoplifters before, but never an armed robber. The thief ran off with up to $400. The store's owner hopes the surveillance cameras help with an arrest.

"We've got several all over the place. A couple of them really well-placed," said Slaughter-Miyamoto.

In March, security camera images from a Pearl City burglary led police to a suspect accused of breaking into a nearby home and starting a fire that killed a 97-year-old woman.

Asa Ikeda runs Cam Security in Kaimuki. Some of his clients have tracked down crooks caught on their surveillance cameras.

"We like to tell people when we hook up the system, hopefully, you never have to use it. That way it deters a lot of it, and if it does happen, that way you can play back and get a good shot of the person who did the crime," explained Ikeda.

Even though the robber in the Pensacola Mart was wearing sunglasses, the surveillance system still captured clear shots of his face.

"Maybe the guy just missed out and wasn't able to see the cameras cause usually if they feel they're being monitored, they tend not to want to do anything," Ikeda said.

If you can help police identify the suspect in the surveillance video, call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300.

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