After string of burglaries in Kailua, shop owners call on police to take action

Kailua Break-ins

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Burglars have been busy targeting cars, homes and companies in Kailua recently.

Some of the suspects have been caught on camera. And so some business owners are asking why police can’t catch them in person.

Surveillance video captured a burglar breaking into Aloha Salads in Kailua sometime early Wednesday morning. The thief pried the safe open with a screwdriver and took off with cash.

Owner Sarah Lufrano said she worries about the safety of her employees and the change in the community.

"Every day there's someone telling me that their car was broken into, their house was broken into, their bikes were stolen, so it's pretty sad to see,” Lufrano said.

“A lot of other businesses I’ve heard have been broken into the same way.”

Across town, two people were caught on camera breaking into Nico's in Kailua back in February.

The owner said he expected police would have caught them by now with such clear images.

HPD officials said there have been six overnight burglaries in the last four months, which they say is common for the area. They also said they are looking into whether any of the cases are related.

So far, there have been no arrests.

HPD’s crime mapping website shows several thefts, burglaries, auto break-ins and instances of vandalism reported in just the past month. Many are focused on the commercial hub of Kailua town.

Many business owners are feeling a sense of helplessness and hoping their surveillance can help police catch the crooks.

"It's not the safe small town that it used to be," Lufrano said.

Authorities are encouraging tipsters to call Crime Stoppers at 955-8300.

Tips can remain anonymous and tips leading to any arrests can be eligible for a reward.

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