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Brazen Toys R Us theft in limbo

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The brazen theft of toys from the Windward Mall Toys R Us went viral back in 2011.

It shows several woman and a man walking out of the mall, carting dozens of toys they allegedly stole from the retailer during the holiday season.

All five of the suspects were arrested even after they returned the goods.

But nearly 20 months later, none have been charged with a crime. And experts say the longer the delay in the case, the less likely a criminal case will be made.

The reason: Police say they haven't turned in the final investigative to prosecutors.

Complicating matters, Toys R Us no longer wants to pursue the case, making it difficult to get convictions, according to Myles Breiner, attorney for the suspects.

"If the complainant doesn't want to prosecute then ... cases like this (aren't) something that really happens," said private investigator Steve Goodenow, who often consults with local retailers on reducing theft.

There's still time for the case to move forward since the authorities have another year before the statute of limitations runs out.

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