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Hunt continues for teen escapees, neighbors frustrated

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KAILUA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

As Honolulu police continue to search for the 17-year old boys who escaped in Kailua, new clues from an overnight burglary could help track them down. 

The two teens ran away from the Hawaii Youth Correctional Facility Thursday morning.  They were still wearing their orange jumpsuits.

Nearby schools went into lockdown.

"The teacher told us to lock the doors," says Kairah Comeaux, a third grader a Maunawili Elementary School.

The school closed Friday and other schools modified the schedule.

Sometime overnight a shed at the Maunawili Valley park was broken into.  A machete, sickle and jackets were stolen. 

Police believe the tools are being used to cut thick brush in the nearby wooded areas.

Neighbors are frustrated that they were not notified sooner about the escape.  The alarms on the campus did sound according to a spokesperson for the Department of Human Services, but the state is not required to notify the media or neighbors.  It is only protocol to call Honolulu Police.

"I think the media should be notified immediately," says Milton Comeaux, who is keeping his grandchildren inside as much as possible.

State Representative Chris Lee thinks the protocol should change.  He says getting the word out could result in the capture of the escapees. 

The boys were serving time for robbery but they have never displayed violent behavior at the facility, according to DHS.

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