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Surveillance cams capture violent store robbery

Julia Kim Julia Kim
Sgt. Kim Buffett Sgt. Kim Buffett

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

KAPAHULU (KHNL) - More and more smaller shops are going high-tech in an effort to protect themselves from criminals. Honolulu police on Thursday released surveillance video from a Kapahulu convenience store robbery.

A male cashier was injured during the January 28th incident. Police hope you can help identify the suspects.

Julia Kim rings up a customer with a smile. For the past three years, she's been the hard-working owner of Campbell Stop and Shop in Kapahulu.

"Even though this is small store, you know, there are some shoplifters," she said.

Her husband keeps up with the latest technology and installed a multi-camera surveillance system. Recently, it paid off.

The cameras produced clear images from a violent robbery. It all started when four young men grabbed several cases of beer and approached the counter.

"The cashier asks the males for ID," Sgt. Kim Buffett, Crimestoppers, said. "At this time, they become agitated, grab the beers and attempt to flee."

Investigators say the male cashier was punched in the face when he and Kim's husband tried to stop the suspects.

"I was so angry," Julia Kim said.

Kim says her employee wound up with a bloody nose.

"He has to go to hospital to check whether it's good or, I mean, the nose is okay or not," she said. "That's kind of, you know, mad. He's got to do all these kind of procedures that he doesn't need to do."

Police say more and more small shops are installing high-tech security cameras.

"What's happening is these kids are going into what they think are mom-and-pop stores with nothing, and we do have great surveillance," Buffett said.

Kim believes the same young men were at her store two days before this robbery.

"First time they succeed already, then they came back," she said. "You know, that means they might come back later on."

Investigators say the suspects were last seen getting into a gray, four-door Kia.

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

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