Chinatown businesses grappling with rash of break-ins

Chinatown business owners call for more police patrols after spike in crime

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Stephanie Eshenour's Chinatown boutique, Scenic Route, was hit twice in two days.

First, on Saturday, someone broke the glass on the store's door. Then, Sunday, someone broke a window and burglarized the boutique.

By Monday, she was seriously considering moving her business elsewhere.

"I was in disbelief," she said. "It just seems like the whole world is against you, it was very, very depressing."

Eshenour is one of a number of Chinatown business owners whose shops have been victimized in recent days. The owners are calling on police to beef up patrols to address the problem.

Police say they're investigating the cases and they have some leads. Police also say they'll continue foot and car patrols in the area.

On Tuesday, wooden boards covered broken glass at Let Them Eat Cupcakes on Beretania Street, an insurance company on Bethel Street, and a church on Nuuanu Avenue They were all targeted over the weekend and there were a string of new break-ins Monday.

Some business owners suspected a number of homeless people who have been pushed into the area from elsewhere in Honolulu.

"We know our homeless," Haug said. "We definitely see new faces that we haven't seen before."

Some of the merchandise stolen from Eshenour's shop were found in a shopping cart in a parking garage about a block away.

"Things were just strewn about," she said. "Everything was a mess. (There was) glass everywhere, dirt everywhere."

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