Lock up your undergarments: Honolulu's so-called 'panty thief' strikes again

Lock up your undergarments: Honolulu's so-called 'panty thief' strikes again
(Image: Surveillance footage)
(Image: Surveillance footage)

MOILIILI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - It seems there's no limit to what thieves will steal.

Over the last three months, undergarments have mysteriously disappeared from a clothesline at an apartment on Kaaha Street in Moiliili.

And thanks to new surveillance footage, the owner of the underwear -- and police -- both know what happened to them.

It first happened in October last year. Surveillance video captured a man entering the property and plucking undergarments right off the line before running away.

The woman who owns the undergarments filed a police report, but said HPD couldn't do much since the video didn't get a clear shot of the suspect's face.

Then, it happened again a few days ago. And this time, there was no hiding from the camera.

Around 5 a.m. one morning, a man was seen brazenly removing the woman's underwear from the clothesline before running off. (The men's tighty whities were left untouched.)

The woman, who didn't want her name used, said she laughs about it now, but still wants the suspect caught.

"I didn't care at first, but it wasn't until I did a huge load of laundry ... that was when I was like, 'Where's the rest of my underwear?" she said. "We're hoping that this time is the last time it happens."

She even took it a step further by putting a GPS tracker in one of the garments and tracked the suspect down.

"We happened to drive around our neighborhood (and) saw a guy that looks like the guy. I had my tracker, I could hear from his backpack that it went off," she said.

Before confronting the man, he got away.

She's now letting police handle it from here.

It is unclear if the suspect is the same man in both instances.

Anyone with information may call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300.

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