More theft victims find stolen items being sold online

William Edwards
William Edwards

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

SUNSET BEACH (KHNL) - A theft victim finds his stolen property being sold on the Internet. It's a scenario that's becoming all too familiar.

Honolulu police say the public should be careful when buying things online.

Videographer William Edwards says he had thousands of dollars worth of equipment taken during a burglary at his home on Oahu's North Shore. He says he later discovered one of the items -- a video camera -- being sold on Craig's List.

William Edwards tries to re-install the glass louvers at his Sunset Beach home. He says someone broke in through the window February 2nd, his birthday.

"I called the roommate in that room and asked him if he had taken them out, and he said no," Edwards said. "Then I went into my room and realized that my three most important things for work were not there anymore."

Edwards shoots photos and videos for a living. He says the burglar stole his video camera, a laptop computer, a still camera and lenses.

"I was working on a documentary film with Kekoa Cazimero and it's called 'Riding with Koa,'" he said. "When all my stuff was gone, I kind of was like, we were trying to think of how am I going to keep this project going."

He now has his Sony camcorder back. He says he saw it on the Internet, posed as an interested buyer and met the seller in Wahiawa.

"I don't know what to think about thieves, you know, people who just take things," he said. "It's stuff that I worked for for like five years just to be able to get this stuff."

Last month, a Makakilo man found his stolen motorcycle being sold on Craig's List. Acting on his tip, police launched an investigation and recovered 32 motorcycles with defaced serial numbers during a raid at a suspected chop shop in Waipahu.

"HPD is seeing more complaints relating to Internet theft," Maj. Frank Fujii, Honolulu Police Department, said. "The department would like to remind the public to be vigilant when doing business online."

"There's probably other online ways that I don't know about and other people don't know about either," Edwards said.

As for the person who showed up with Edwards' camcorder in Wahiawa, officers arrested the 21-year-old man on suspicion of detaining stolen property and released him pending further investigation.