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2 suspected beach thieves arrested in Waikiki

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 05:40 a.m. HST, Nov 12, 2013

Police arrested two suspected beach thieves in separate instances in Waikiki over the holiday weekend.

Police said witnesses chased and captured a 14-year-old boy who grabbed unattended property on a Waikiki Beach at about 11 a.m. and tried to run away.

The witnesses caught the boy and police arrested him at 11:15 a.m. on suspicion of robbery. He was released pending further investigation.

On Sunday, police arrested a  22-year-old man who allegedly stole unattended items from a Waikiki beach at about 10:45 a.m.

Officers arrested the 22-year-old man at about 11:50 a.m. and he was charged with third-degree theft. Bail was set at $1,000.

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allie wrote:
on November 12,2013 | 05:06AM
palani wrote:
My brother-in-law had $1000 worth of camera gear stolen from the lagoon at Hilton Hawaiian Village last year. Dumb to leave it unattended on the beach, but naive and too trusting in the myth of paradise.
on November 12,2013 | 05:53AM
Kalaheo1 wrote:
Hopefully, now that HPD has done the hard work of catching these thieves, the judge will do his job. Each thief who ruins multiple family's vacation by stealing their cash and priceless photographs does inestimable financial harm to the entire state as these people return home angry an d heartbroken.

Even relatively lawless resort areas like Jamaica have a strict "hands off the visitors" policy and those who break it are dealt with harshly. If our judges continue to tacitly endorse property crime, then we will lose visitors to locations where their property is safe.

on November 12,2013 | 06:06AM
otoko wrote:
It should be "hands off" PERIOD. These idiots are thugs who need to be squished like the cockroaches they are. So HANDS OFF. Yes, chop off their hands, problem solved! There, I've said it. I am totally desensitized by this type of brazen stealing which has been going on way too long and affecting our economic engine!
on November 12,2013 | 08:10AM
SueH wrote:
Otoko, well said! I totally agree.
on November 12,2013 | 09:50AM
waianae94 wrote:
If only the police could respond that quickly in other areas of the island. Arrested the boy in 15 minutes? Man!
on November 12,2013 | 06:08AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
Not enough cops. Gotta take matters into our own hands.
on November 12,2013 | 07:46AM
false wrote:
The kids use to ride the bus to Waikiki to boogie board. Over the years their back packs were stolen many times. Even when they buried them in the sand under the lifeguard stand. Nothing of real value ever taken… but no one was ever caught. You sure wouldn't want me or my kids on a jury of someone who was caught.
on November 12,2013 | 06:17AM
soundofreason wrote:
"Officers arrested the 22-year-old man at about 11:50 a.m. and he was charged with third-degree theft. Bail was set at $1,000.">>> He had probably already stolen the $100 cash required to make his bail BY 11:50 a.m.. THIS was a catch and release. No real deterrence here. Won't show up for his hearing. And though you can't publish the name of the minor child that was caught, I'd like to see the name of the PARENTS who aren't doing their job.
on November 12,2013 | 06:42AM
Fred01 wrote:
on November 12,2013 | 09:07AM
samidunn wrote:
Never happen - They will be back on the beach for the next holiday - Lets see that would be Thanksgiving.
on November 12,2013 | 11:05AM
nigelUV001 wrote:
Always greet your fellow beach patrons before laying out your towel. And watch each others back. I am so glad that these thieves were caught.
on November 12,2013 | 05:12PM
Nesmith wrote:
These are struggling times - never ever leave anything of value unattended on the beach. Unbeknownst to you eyes are everywhere. It's your to run after your stuff when you are swimming 500 meters away in the ocean.
on November 13,2013 | 01:52AM
Bdpapa wrote:
This snatch and run game has Ben going on forever. It was happening 50 years ago but you would get lickin' if the beach boys caught you.
on November 13,2013 | 04:38AM
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