Thieves use stolen pickup to break in to Pearl City store

Thieves use stolen pickup to break in to Pearl City store
(Image: Amjad Hasan)
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PEARL CITY, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Police are looking for three men who used a stolen pickup truck to break in to a Pearl City car stereo shop.

The owners of Elite Car Stereo and Security were awakened by a call from their alarm company at 2:30 a.m. Thursday, telling them that there had been a burglary at the shop.

Footage from the store's surveillance cameras shows some men in the parking lot with a 2014 Nissan Frontier. The pickup is first used to pull a padlocked chain off the front doors. The thieves then use the truck to ram their way into the store.

It's not the first time someone has tried this at the shop, but it's the first time someone has succeeded.

"They tried backing up into this, but they had a small car and it didn't go all the away" said store co-owner Mohammad Hasan. "But this time they had a truck. They got through."

The smash-and-grab break-in left a big early morning for the owners, who have been in business since the 1980s. They have been open at the Pearl City location since 2005.

"I just want these guys caught," said co-owner Amjad Hasan. "They have no idea what kind of inconvenience it is to wake up at 2:30 in the morning and come down and seeing your store all broken up and pieces missing."

Power to the surveillance system got disconnected when the burglars got through the doors, and so the footage jumps from the moment the truck rams through the doorway to about a half-hour later, showing the owners looking at the gaping hole where the doors used to be.

The cameras were able to catch an image one of the thieves, along with truck's license plate, SFX 131. The store's owners said that the truck turned out to be stolen.

It's believed the thieves got away with at least $10,000 worth of car stereo equipment.

"There's nothing we can do," said Mohammad Hasan. "If someone wants to steal, no matter what anybody does, if they want to come in, they're going to come in. There's no way you can stay in business 24 hours and guard it."

Anyone with information is asked to call police.

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