LIHUE, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Four men have been arrested on Kauai in connection with multiple burglaries, break-ins, and car thefts that have occurred over the past several months.
Police believe that 18-year-old Kamron Cortez, 30-year-old Frank Daligdig, 19-year-old Aron Nagao, and 21-year-old Etienne Trillo were part of a burglary ring that targeted homes from Kapaa to Omao.
While Daligdig has been released, Cortez, Nagao, and Trillo are still being held on bail of up to $55,000.
Although police are still investigating these crimes, all four men will most likely end up with multiple criminal charges.
Chief Perry reminds residents and visitors that the most effective way to avoid being a victim of property crime is to lock and secure doors and entryways at all times.
"Patrol officers and detectives are working together with the community to tackle burglaries and break-ins in our neighborhoods," said Kaua'i Police Chief Darryl Perry. "But many of us still carry the 'old days' mentality, when we could leave our homes or cars unlocked and not worry about theft. Unfortunately, those days are behind us."
In addition, the Kauai Police Department also offers these tips: better secure sliding windows and door tracks with physical obstructions (such as wood dowels); never hide a spare key outside the house; change locks immediately if a key is lost; install motion detection lighting around dark exterior areas, walkways, and doorways; don't give burglars an easy place to hide by letting shrubs and hedges get out of hand; install a security system; be on the lookout for suspicious people who may be watching your home in order to plan a future break-in; join the Neighborhood Watch Program and keep an eye out for your neighbors so that they in turn will do the same for you; and finally report suspicious activity to Police Dispatch at 241-1711 or Crime Stoppers, 241-1887.