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Kapolei burglary victims now have 2 reasons to smile

Craig Pennuto Craig Pennuto

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Hawaii residents, once again, show their generosity. KHNL News 8 received phone calls and e-mails from viewers wanting to help a Kapolei woman whose home was broken into Sunday.

As we told you Monday night, Debbie Pennuto and her husband lost many of their belongings, including a car, in the burglary. But now, they have two reasons to smile.

It's not every day a man is happy to see his car hooked up to a tow truck. But considering his Infiniti was stolen two days ago, Craig Pennuto will take it any way he can.

Police delivered the news in the middle of the night.

"We got a phone call that they found the vehicle," Craig Pennuto, burglary victim, said. "So we're very happy about that."

When his wife returned from church Sunday, she discovered a screen in the back of their house was cut open. She says the burglar grabbed laptop computers, video cameras and jewelry.

But what really devastated her was the theft of the $130 she and her friends had raised for a needy family this holiday season.

"It was difficult for me to have to tell my friends that I don't have the money now and that it is gone," Debbie Pennuto said the day after the break-in. "And so that kind of hurt me the most."

She says her group wanted to donate the cash to a Mililani couple whose daughter is battling cancer.

After our story aired, viewers offered to replace it.

"That's really, really neat to hear," Craig Pennuto said. "To see something maybe positive come out of this, I wouldn't say it's worth it, but it's, you know, I'm happy that it's worked out well."

As for his car, he says officers found it, along with a stolen truck, abandoned near Nanakuli High School.

"I was very happy that it wasn't damaged," he said. "It was a little dirty, looked like it probably had been driven around a lot. But overall, really, really happy."

So far, nothing else taken from the home has been recovered.


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