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Suspects charged after caught on camera breaking into cars

By Star-Advertiser Staff

LAST UPDATED: 01:13 p.m. HST, May 04, 2014

Video surveillance recently helped police solve a Waipahu vehicle break-in that happened last month and a Waikele vehicle break-in from February, Honolulu police said.

A 19-year-old man was arrested Friday morning in connection with the Waipahu crime, according to police records. He was charged with first-degree unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle around 2:20 p.m. Saturday. Police said the man was caught on a home surveillance camera breaking into a 59-year-old man's car around 11:30 a.m. on April 20 and stealing property from the car. 

The suspect posted $20,000 bail, according to police records.

Police solved the Waikele incident Thursday evening after the 35-year-old suspect was seen operating a stolen moped on a Pearl City bike path, according to police records. 

Video surveillance captured footage of the man breaking into a 40-year-old woman's car just after 4 p.m. on Feb. 24 and taking items from inside, police said. The man, who has no local address, was arrested on suspicion of first-degree unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle around 5:35 p.m. Thursday on the bike path east of Lehua Avenue. 

He was charged with the crime Friday around 9:05 p.m. and posted $50,000 bail, according to police records. 

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7yearTribulation wrote:
They catch the thieves from Kailua car thief on camera?
on May 4,2014 | 01:27PM
cojef wrote:
Homeless and he posted a bond? Strange situation, unless he doesn't want to be identified by his neighbors?
on May 4,2014 | 02:37PM
it doesnt say he's homeless-it says he has no local address.
on May 5,2014 | 10:49AM
lwandcah wrote:
Yes it does and we should help this poor wayward soul and give him a permament address; OCC.
on May 5,2014 | 11:38AM
Hitaxpayer wrote:
Hope probation.
on May 4,2014 | 09:01PM
Mike174 wrote:
Homeless and posted 50k bond? hmmm, maybe "auto" be higher bail?
on May 5,2014 | 04:18AM
Giligan wrote:
Maybe welfare paid for the bond.
on May 5,2014 | 06:06AM
krusha wrote:
Probably got the bond from Dog Chapman's company.
on May 5,2014 | 06:52AM
Homeless is not the same as "no local address".
on May 5,2014 | 10:51AM
krusha wrote:
Just shows how useful video surveillance can be. Most crooks now are thinking twice before breaking into cars if they think there is a camera pointing at them every time.
on May 5,2014 | 06:52AM
Shawn211 wrote:
Wow...and they both were able to post bail??????
on May 5,2014 | 07:14AM
atilter wrote:
aren't mopeds included within the category of "bicycles"? does anyone really know? or are they in that no-man's-land gray area of law where they are NEITHER but are expected to be operated like full automobiles on the roadways? many moped users are law-abiding citizens. why aren't laws enacted to catch scofflaws who created hazardous road conditions and violate obvious noise pollution rules? or are the cops just selective in their enforcement, eschewing paper work for more "important" activities like breaks at convenience store parking areas?
on May 5,2014 | 10:54AM
control wrote:
It depends on the engine size if it's a moped (registered as a bike) or motor scooter (registered as motorcycle). Usage on streets, sidewalks, and bike lanes does seem to be a legal gray area because they are motorized.
on May 5,2014 | 11:12AM
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