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Kailua burglary victim wants stolen ukulele back

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By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

KAILUA (KHNL) - A Windward Oahu musician is asking pawn shop owners and others to keep their eyes open for his precious ukulele. It was among the items stolen during a burglary at his home Wednesday.

Having your house broken into is bad enough. But for Doug Fitch, discovering his ukulele missing was like pouring salt on a wound.

The professional musician plays 'Pua Sardinia' on his guitar for us. But inside, he's singing the blues.

"I've gotten a great outpouring of support from all the other musicians," the burglary victim said. "And I must have received, you know, 50 emails already. So that's very, very nice."

The 44-year-old says he left his Kailua house for just a few hours Wednesday. When he got back, he found a window screen ripped out, his home searched, and the Pono tenor ukulele he uses when he plays professional gigs gone.

"I was angry with a capital P," he said. "This is how I supplement my income. So, you know, it makes a big dent."

His daughter's ukulele was also stolen.

"They're not quite as common," Fitch said. "They both have a spruce top, which is a lighter color. Most are darker, either mahogany or koa."

He says the burglars also took his wife's purse, which was later recovered in Waimanalo.

A clinical psychologist by day, Fitch says he'll try not to let this single incident affect him too much.

"I can't let that color my view of people in general," he said. "And I think that's important for all victims to remember."

If you have any information about this case, call Honolulu police.

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