UH grad student describes brazen apartment break-in

UH grad student describes brazen apartment break-in
Tofte's white Nissan D21 (1989) truck. License plate PDU826.
Tofte's white Nissan D21 (1989) truck. License plate PDU826.

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Two women are on edge after a brazen break-in at their Honolulu apartment Saturday night.

One of them was at home during the burglary, and her roommate believes she is being followed.

Both women are safe, but said they feel violated and targeted.

"I went into the kitchen and the first thing I see is that the screen is down here and you can see the louver is out," said Kristine Tofte, a University of Hawaii graduate student.

Tofte, who is also an intern at Hawaii News Now, said she came home from the UH game Saturday night around 11 p.m. to find her apartment near McKinley High School had been burglarized.

"The louvers were a little bit open. So they took one out, they put their hand through here and they opened the door and they obviously walked in," she said.

Tofte said her MacBook Pro, her jewelry, her roommate's makeup, wallet, and credit cards were stolen while her roommate was home.

"They came in while she was in her room. They knew she was in the apartment. They came in, the lights were on and everything and the doors were locked and they still came in and took our stuff," Tofte said.

Her roommate, Aimee Johnson, said the break-in makes her feel "violated."

"This is my space and I'm supposed to feel protected and safe here," she said.

Johnson said she was in her room watching a movie at the time and didn't hear a peep, which makes it more unsettling.

"You never know if this person is armed or not armed. And it would have been so easy for them to open the door and attack," she said.

Hawaii News Now law enforcement expert Tommy Aiu says the holiday season is the prime time for theft and property crime.

"Consumers typically begin shopping early for the holiday. Because of this, they carry more cash, they carry more credit cards and gift cards in their purses and wallets, making them prime targets for the criminal element," Aiu said.

But Tofte believes it's much more than just bad luck. She believes someone has been watching her. Two weeks ago, her truck was stolen out of a parking lot at her internship, and the week before that, it was broken into.

"I think someone is watching us. I think it might be the same guy. We're young students and I think they're taking advantage of it," Tofte said.

When Johnson was asked if she felt like they were being targeted, she answered with a long nod.

"It's like a bad dream; I never thought this would happen to me. I don't know what I did to deserve this," Tofte said.

Aiu says since theft typically increases during the holidays, residents should take extra precautions at home and while out and about. He says any time your car is broken into or stolen, along with personal information, like your address on registrations papers, your home could always be the next target.

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