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Police track down alleged gun thief hiding in office building

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 10:58 a.m. HST, Sep 26, 2012

A 29-year-old Waikiki man was charged with several weapons violations Tuesday after he was found hiding with a stolen handgun in the stairwell of a Kapalama business building complex. 

Police said Stephen Rogers, 29, allegedly stole the gun from a Pau Street residence in Waikiki Sunday evening. A few hours later, police received a report of someone matching Rogers' description carrying a handgun .

Officers found Rogers with the gun a few hours later in the second-floor stairwell of a business complex in the 1000 block of Dillingham Boulevard, police said. He was later positively identified by the witness and arrested at 8:22 p.m., police said.

Prosecutors charged Rogers with three counts of weapons and ammunition violations and first and second-degree theft. His bail was set at $20,000.

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allie wrote:
yikes..scary out there
on September 26,2012 | 09:39AM
peanutgallery wrote:
Scarey? Try and remember Allie: The world is a dangerous place to live; not becasue of the people who are evil, but becasue of the people who don't do anything about it. ( Albert Einstein)
on September 26,2012 | 10:43AM
967972005 wrote:
It's not scary, we have Hawaii 5-0 and the Dog to save us.
on September 26,2012 | 11:26AM
johncdechon wrote:
No, it's scary, and more so in HI than in most other states where citizens can be armed if they choose. In HI, there is no choice. HI citizens aren't allowed to exercise their RIGHT of self-defense (carry a firearm past their front door) since HPD Police Chief Louis "no-issue" Kealoha refuses to issue concealed-carry permits. AND, since HI doesn't allow Open-Carry (like many other states do) you can't carry THAT way, either. But you can expect that any criminals out there you may encounter will be armed. Good luck...
on September 26,2012 | 12:01PM
RetiredWorking wrote:
I've lived in Hawaii almost 66 years. There are times, situations and places to be "scary". I don't need a gun to be less afraid. I just avoid the aforementioned. I walk unafraid, and I sleep well. Some people are afraid the sky is falling, some people are plain scaredy cats. I guess I'm just lucky to have never been robbed, assaulted, molested, attacked in my life. Neither has my son, wife and daughter. If you're afraid to live in your present situation, make lawful changes to protect yourself, your family and your property. I've had one car stolen from me. I also had a roll of quarters stolen from my dash. Aside from that, I've been a very lucky guy.....and I'm not a scaredy cat who needs a gun or weapon.
on September 26,2012 | 04:44PM
johncdechon wrote:
Hey there, Lucky, but you miss my point: You're a victim waiting to happen. Smarter people would rather have more than your self-admitted "luck" on their side. But that's what herds of prey anmals do: Hope the lion chooses another animal instead of them. As I said, good luck, that's all you have but it ain't anough. And BTW, no one is afraid, but YOU sure will be looking down a mugger's barrel. Or one of your loved ones becomes a victim because you influenced them to be as helpless and "lucky" as you are. How disgraceful and irresponsbile you are and have been all your life; you should be charged with criminal neglicence (and gross stu pi di ty to boot). As for you not being a "scardy cat" -- you sound gay, plus you're either s t u p i d or in-denial...anyone could show you in 5 seconds how easy itd be to own you. Remember that when you become a crime victim. You're just a pathetic old man (I'm an old man, too, but people like you -- ad there are millions of you -- only get older, none the wiser. You should be ashamed of your naivete and cluelessness. Finally, feeble-minded, self-defense is a CIVIL RIGHT that ALL Americans should be able to exercise, no tonly in MOST states, but in hI to. An djsut because YOU couldn't defend yourself, that doesn't mean you should stand in the way of others doing so. So just stay out of it...you clearly don't know enough about reality or the subject even to be in the conversation. Here's hoping you learn the hard way...(the JuJu's on you).
on September 26,2012 | 05:07PM
RetiredWorking wrote:
John, why do I always get the gay-bashing cowards behind keyboards who spout bad words to people they don't even know.Take your gun, John and crawl back under that rock in the Mojave desert where you came from. It's much safer for you.
on September 26,2012 | 11:01PM
silvangold wrote:
So. somebody makes it legal to carry consealed weapons. you go out the front door. a burgular running down the street (away from police or whomever......he bumps into you. he looks for a consealed weapon (remember it's legal now so ANYBODY could be carrying. he finds it. you are struggling (maybe to get away).... he doesn't want witnesses. he shoots YOU. worst thing you die. was it worth it? what if your child or grandchild was with you and they die too. are you satisfied with that damn law?
on September 26,2012 | 01:55PM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
He'll probably be sentenced to probation and if he has a record maybe a year. That's why I say put burglars and thieves on the registry. Because these are the type of criminals that will repeat their crimes.
on September 26,2012 | 09:53PM
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