Caught on camera: A moped heist in Kapahulu

Caught on camera: A moped heist in Kapahulu
Melody Namiki Roberts
Melody Namiki Roberts

KAPAHULU, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A moped heist caught on camera is just the latest in a string of thefts in Kapahulu and Waikiki.

But moped owners are trying to fight back. Even a Facebook page has been created to tell the tale of these thieves.

Despite the surprisingly clear images, no one has identified them yet.

The surveillance video outside a home on Hinano St. early Friday morning shows a man dragging away a moped on its back wheel.

Once off screen, the crook has the audacity to ask a neighbor for help.

"So he turned the bike around and he was trying to full around with the bike to get it to start or something yeah? So it didn't start. So he got off the bike. I was on the porch. So he came in the middle of the road. He said, 'Aunty, you have screw driver?' And I said, 'No, I don't have,'' said Lulu Namaka.

Even without a screw driver, the man got away with the moped.

What he didn't know is that his image would be plastered all over social media thanks to the camera installed by the Roberts family just two days prior.

"He put it on Facebook. Then in five minutes after, we got like more than 50 likes on it, it was nuts," said Melody Namiki Roberts.

Now, the video has been shared nearly 3,000 thousand times.

Another Facebook page called "Waikiki Thieves" posted the video, along with several other pictures of recent thefts, all caught on camera.

"It feels like someone's like invading our territory," Roberts said.

One moped on the page was actually found all the way in Kaneohe. The owner reclaimed his wheels from police. But it's a rare success story.

That's why flyers have been plastered on poles down Kapahulu Avenue as owners take a stand to stop the thieves.

"It's like lack of privacy. It makes us mad because people like us, we're honest. We work so hard for the things that we have and then other people think oh it's just there's, they can take it away," said Roberts.

If you know any information, call the Honolulu Police Department.

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