WAIEHU, MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Detectives are investigating another ATM heist on Maui. The crooks burglarized the Waiehu Pro Shop at the county's Waiehu Golf Course on New Year's Day. A total of five cash machines have now been hit in Hawaii in the last six weeks.
The New Year got off to a rough start for the owners of the Waiehu Pro Shop. Hawaii News Now has learned that two men busted the window and used a truck to rip out the ATM inside. They also took off with some golf clubs.
"Glass everywhere, clothes all pushed up on the side, clubs got flown," described co-owner Catherine Cordeiro.
The thieves struck just after 9:15 p.m. on January 1. The shop is protected by an alarm, but that didn't stop the suspects.
"They just broke in and they just ripped the panel off and they knew what wire to take out. They knew exactly what to do. They're professionals," Cordeiro said.
The latest ATM heist took place on Oahu at Aiea Town Square on Monday morning. Police said two men unsuccessfully tried to steal a cash machine before escaping in a white van that was later recovered. A day earlier on Maui, crooks broke into Hula Cookies & Ice Cream in Maalaea and drove off with the ATM. On December 20, authorities said two thieves pulled out a cash machine at Maui Mall, but couldn't load it into their vehicle. On Thanksgiving, a stolen truck may have been used to swipe the ATM at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center.
"They're getting away with it, yeah, but one little mistake and they're going to get caught," said Cordeiro.
Detectives are reviewing surveillance video from the cases. Maui County will have to fix the damaged window at the Waiehu Pro Shop. The owners won't replace the ATM, making it tough for golfers since the county only accepts cash payments for green fees.
"I'm sad because we do lose business because of it. We had a mess to clean and these idiots think they can just come and do whatever to people's businesses," Cordeiro said.
All of the cases are unsolved. Please contact the Maui Police Department's Criminal Investigation Division at 808-244-6425 or Crime Stoppers at 808-242-6966 with tips.