Kailua residents concerned with growing number of aggressive homeless

Kailua residents concerned with growing number of aggressive homeless
Eric Dobrinski
Eric Dobrinski

KAILUA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Break-ins, assaults, and illegal drug use.

That's few of many crimes one Kailua business owner say he's been dealing with lately.

Lindsey Dymond owns Kalapawai Market on Kalaheo Avenue and Kalapawai Café and Deli on Kailua Road. He says in the last month he has been attacked, spat upon, insulted and burglarized. He says the homeless are causing a lot of the nuisance.

"It's not that people have a problem with homelessness, it's that it seems that a lot of these people are getting a little bit more brazen in their actions," Dymond said.

Dymond says crime in the area has skyrocketed and the homeless population has too. He says on many occasions he has had to call the police several times a day.

A week and a half ago, the family-owned market was ransacked. The surveillance video shows the thief grab a soda out of the refrigerator, take a sip, and put it down. He then turns to the shelves and steals motor oil, toothbrushes, duct tape, WD-40 and Super-Glue. He also cracked open two safes running away with thousands of dollars.

"Aside from the break-ins of course...panhandling has been a big one. We've also had some other incidents where people would come in drunk or on drugs and they have actually hassled the customers and I have to kind of have to get them out of here. A lot of those occasions it's something where they will actually try to fight me," Kalapawai Market General Manager Eric Dobrinski said.

A couple weeks before the break-in, Dymond said he and one of his employees were attacked while they were closing up the restaurant.

"A couple of the guys didn't like the lights in my truck on and they decided to let us know and unfortunately it was not with words," Dymond said.

Dymond said he also took video several months ago approaching people doing drugs near his property.

"We witness drug sales on a regular basis, drug use. I've videotaped drug use right in the street…they were smoking some sort of drugs and it did not smell like weed," he said.

"That's only a certain percentage. That's not all of us," said a homeless Kailua resident who wants to be known as "David."

"David" says a few bad apples are ruining it for others who are just trying to survive.

"I cannot change another person's opinion about me," he said.

Both Dymond and Dobrinski believe the crimes have become more frequent in Kailua after the homeless were kicked out of Waikiki and they fear the problem will only get worse after they are kicked out of Kakaako.

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