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Kailua family uses app to recover stolen stuff

Terry Duffield Terry Duffield
KAILUA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Terry Duffield couldn't believe what he saw inside a Waimanalo home.

"Purses, bedding, headphones... Obviously there was enough merchandise in there that something's going on," says Duffield. 

Duffield says he found his wife's stolen phone, her Costco card, and her empty purse.  

"It was so crowded and packed," he says.

Duffield was led to the home by the 'Find my iPhone App' after someone broke into his pickup truck in the parking lot at Jackass Ginger.  Duffield says he took the family there to swim on March 19th. His wife thought her purse would be safer inside the truck so she hid it under the seat.  When the family returned, the passenger side window was shattered and her purse and other items were gone.

Duffield called Honolulu Police after the break in and then again several days later when the phone showed to be at the Waimanalo home.

Two officers went with him to knock on the door.

"The girlfriend of the owner let us in and there's my wife's phone," he says he found other items belonging to his family and... "A whole bunch of other stolen purses and things."

HPD says detectives are still investigating the case.   They do have suspects but have not yet made any arrests. 

The home is on Hawaiian home lands and the department is conducting its own investigation.  A spokesman for the DHHL says if there is illegal activity going on there, action will be taken and the lessee could lose the lease.

Duffield is happy that he got some of the family's stuff back and hopes police will be able to match other victims with the items found inside the home.


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