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Arrest made in notorious home burglary case of Oahu family battling cancer

Eric Foster Jr., 31 (image: mug shot) Eric Foster Jr., 31 (image: mug shot)
Surfboard still missing (image provided by family) Surfboard still missing (image provided by family)
Surfboard still missing (image provided by family) Surfboard still missing (image provided by family)
home ransacked (image provided by family) home ransacked (image provided by family)
home ransacked (image provided by family) home ransacked (image provided by family)
PUNALUU, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

A 31-year-old Oahu man was arrested in connection with the shocking home burglary of snowboarding champion Kailey Bogart and her family who is battling cancer.

The Bogarts were away on the mainland getting treatment for their youngest child, Mackenzie, who has leukemia.

"We're still slowly rebuilding...this is stuff that we've accumulated over 20 years," Jesse Bogart said.

Eric Foster Jr. was arrested last week for the felony.

The burglary happened in May and it left the North Shore family’s home completely ransacked. Silly String was hanging from a broken window, smoke detectors were pulled out of the ceiling, power was cut off, and nearly everything of value was taken from them.

"Birth certificates, social cards, passports. Those things that are really hard to go out and get unless you have those documents to get the other ones,” Bogart said.

HPD officers were able to track the suspect down after a fingerprint left on a Silly String can was found in the home. Foster has been released pending investigation, but the family is confident he will be brought to justice.

"It's somewhat relieving knowing that they may bring justice. But there's still a lot of our stuff out there that is missing," said Bogart.

Bogart said he encountered Foster at Kokololio Beach Park in Hauula before he was arrested while making rounds asking various community members for tips. Bogart said Foster denied knowing anything.

The Bogarts are still looking for sentimental items like computers and hard drives that have irreplaceable family photos and precious home videos on them.

"There's just no way to really replace them unless you get that item back," he said.

Police were able to get back a few of the stolen items, like a custom-made green surf board, and a toy jeep which was a gift for Mackenzie. Bogart said the thieves also stole her cancer medication. Just three days after the burglary, Bogart said Mackenzie’s condition got worse. He said at the time, the crime was the least of their worries.

"She was fighting a hard battle against a virus that basically wiped out her bone marrow.”    

Bogart said Mackenzie is now on an upswing and he believes his family will overcome this hardship yet again.

Anyone with information is asked to call Honolulu police.

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