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Brazen motorcycle theft caught on camera in Makiki

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MAKIKI (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Darby Phillips says her husband Kyle left their 2008 Honda CBR600 outside of their Makiki apartment on Saturday for just a few minutes.

"I was so shocked, like when we came out here we were just like…ugh, where's the bike," said Phillips.

Security cameras capture a man walking into the parking lot. A couple minutes later, you see him in the bottom right corner fiddling with the bike. A couple minutes after that, he hops on and rides away.

"We drive around and looked for it and realized how many other motorcycles were not chained up or locked or anything, just sitting there and I was like, there's so many targets in this neighborhood it's just scary," Phillips said.

In just a two mile radius of Phillips' apartment on Iolani Avenue, crimemapping.com shows 52 motor vehicle thefts in the past month.

"I thought it was a really safe area especially with the parking lot being down such a busy road and everyone living right above, I didn't think something like that would happen," she said.

The Honolulu Police Department records show vehicle thefts are declining. There were 8,000 in 2008 and about 6,000 in 2011. No numbers were available after that.

In 2009, cops busted a motorcycle theft ring running a chop shop in Waipahu. Sixty-three victims lost about half a million dollars in bikes. HPD says it recovers stolen vehicles and convicts the thief in only about 5-percent of cases.

"If a motorcycle does get stolen, especially a sport bike, you can count on it probably within the first 24 hours of the bike being totally apart," said Russell Odegaard, Sales Manager at Montgomery Powersports.

Odegaard says more of his customers are buying GPS systems.

"We had one of these recently where a motorcycle got stolen and HPD was able to track the bike very very quickly. I think the guy's bike was gone for less than two hours," Odegaard said.

Phillips just hopes someone will recognize the man wearing a 420 shirt (slang for marijuana) with a noticeable tattoo down his right arm.

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