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2 Enchanted Lake home burglaries, same thief caught on camera

ENCHANTED LAKE, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

HPD records show a reported 52 crimes in a two mile radius in Kailua in the first two weeks of February.

One crook was caught in two different surveillance systems breaking into two different homes in the same neighborhood within ten minutes of each other. 

The homeowners said police were there within 15 minutes of the first crime. Still, the thief was able to get away.

Surveillance video shows a man in dark colored clothing walking through an Enchanted Lake home. A seemingly harmless video to most, but to one family, it’s unsettling.

"It's very troubling even just to watch that short video that you see online," the homeowner said.

The homeowner wanted us to disguise his identity out of fear of retaliation, but wanted to get the word out to the public so others can be more attentive since the burglary was in broad daylight on a Saturday afternoon.

"The video shows he's calmly walking through my house. What the video doesn't show is that alarm is blaring in his ears," he said.

The thief was in and out in two and a half minutes, stealing thousands of dollars worth of jewelry, much of it with sentimental value. On his way out he is confronted by neighbors, but remained calm.

"He made up a story of, ‘My uncle's alarm is going off and I need to leave, I need to find him,’" said the homeowner.

Eight minutes later, what appears to be the same man is seen walking down the street in another surveillance video.

"The whole idea of a home is a place where you're supposed to be safe. That's where you come. And when people come into your home and treat it like it's theirs rather than yours, it does tend to take a toll," Richard Puetz said.

Puetz said his neighbors captured video of the same man hopping over his six foot fence, move his grill out of the way, and remove jalousie by jalousie to break into his home.

"I think if I had the opportunity just to have anyone pay attention to the story for a few minutes long enough to say…I'm afraid these guys are very good at what they do, they try to blend in. But if you are alert and your neighbors are looking out for each other, you can kind of reduce the activity in your area," said Puetz.

Both homeowners are thankful no one was hurt. They said so far they have not heard of any arrests. If you have any tips, call Crime Stoppers at 955-8300.

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