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Burglar targets homes where people are inside

HPD is boosting patrols at the end of Kalakaua Ave. after an increase in burglaries in the area. HPD is boosting patrols at the end of Kalakaua Ave. after an increase in burglaries in the area.
Rob Kutler Rob Kutler
The burglar entered while Kutler was asleep in bed. The burglar entered while Kutler was asleep in bed.
Donald Van Deventer Donald Van Deventer

The Honolulu Police Department is boosting patrols at the end of Kalakaua Avenue near Diamond Head Road after an increase in burglaries in the area.  Some of the burglary victims have seen the robber.  Others were sleeping as he came into their bedroom.

The burglaries in the Diamond Head neighborhood have been so bad that just walking down the sidewalk I met more victims.

From double locks to bells on gates and bars across windows, Rob Kutler has taken precautions.  Still the burglar finds a way to break in.  The last time was the end of August.  It was a warm night so he slept with the glass door open and only the screen door locked.

"I woke up the next morning and the screen door was open. It was very strange. When I looked around I saw my closet door was open and things had been thrown around," said Rob Kutler, burglary victim.  "He went through the night stand next to my bed and looked through that."

All while he was close enough to breathe on him.

"I woke up pretty freaked out. I just think that someone who is that bold is going to get caught," said Kutler. "I'm going through my fantasy, okay what do I do when I do see him. I don't want to sleep with a gun so I'm thinking I'll just use the lamp and clobber him over the head or something like that."

This was the fourth time his place has been hit.  One other time was tsunami night when everyone evacuated.  Another was last Thanksgiving.

"He had racked up $4,000. He went through the check stands at Wal-Mart four times doing about $800 each. Then did Walgreens and a couple other stores, then took a taxi home and charged that," said Kutler, of his stolen credit cards.

"I'm on his rounds at this point and I've got to prevent it."

He's not the only one.  Friday morning September 21 the burglar was especially busy.  At 4:31 a.m. he hit a house on the 3000 block of Kiele Ave.  Then at 4:59 a.m. he stole from a Gail Street home around the corner.  Then at 5:38 a.m. he hit a condo on the 2900 block of Kalakaua Ave.

The family at the Kiele house just moved in.  The father woke up when he heard the crook stumble on a baby gate and the burglar ran off.  Still people don't scare the burglar.

"He wants people home because then he gets their wallet. That's what he's really looking for, wallet, money, and cash. He didn't get that here because I hide mine now," said Kutler. "My advice would be to hide your valuables even if you are at home.  Don't assume they're not going to break in even if you are at home and take whatever precautions you can."

Neighbors have put up cameras, security systems and motion sensing lights although that hasn't led to any arrests.

"There is this huge concern in the neighborhood and everyone is eager to put an end to this as soon as possible," said Donald van Deventer, Ph.D., neighbor.

Honolulu Police say they do not have any leads and there haven't been any arrests. Officers will increase patrols in the neighborhood.

 

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