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Emergency supplies stolen from Leeward Oahu volunteers

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MAILI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Police are investigating a burglary at an old bunker in Leeward Oahu that's used by civil defense volunteers during emergencies.

Employees discovered the break-in Monday at the city's Emergency Operations Center at Maili Point.

Volunteers with the city Department of Emergency Management who help to take care of the community during disasters use the bunker. Now their emergency supplies that were in a storage room at the facility are gone.

"That's where our volunteers kept a lot of their food and supplies. Water, ice chest, BBQ grills, things of that nature," said John Cummings III, spokesman for the Department of Emergency Management. "Things that they had purchased with their own funds."

Another room that contained city office supplies and communication equipment was still locked up, but an outdoor bathroom was broken into.

"Some of the supplies that were taken from the storeroom, like the MREs and some of the water, were also in there. So someone probably came and stayed in there overnight and then left maybe when the groundskeeper came," Cummings said.

The city is still trying to determine the value of all the items stolen from the volunteers. It's unclear if more than one person was involved in the crime.

"It could be anybody at this point. It's just that someone, unthinking, unfeeling, went in there, committed this burglary. We have a really good group of volunteers out there. They work very hard. They use their own money for these supplies and we don't like to see this kind of thing happen," Cummings said.

The facility is owned by the state and has been leased by the city for more than 30 years.

Authorities are now looking at stepping up security at the remote site.

"We had really hoped for the longest time that people's knowledge of the area and the importance of the site and how it helps the community would kind of keep it safe, but unfortunately we're into a different world now," Cummings said.

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