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Computer thieves strike again at UH

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 03:16 p.m. HST, Apr 24, 2013

The University of Hawaii security reported several more incidents of burglaries Tuesday night at the Manoa campus’ Moore Hall — the scene of past computer thefts.

University security officials, in a campus alert, said at 11 p.m. a suspicious couple was seen outside of Moore Hall. 

A man also was seen running from the building, UH security reported.

Campus security tried to talk to a couple in a parked car on East-West Road, the report said. The vehicle fled on Dole Street with a man and woman in the car.

Campus security described the suspect running from the scene as a 6-foot-tall man in his late 20s with dirty blonde hair, weighing about 160 pounds and carrying a black laptop bag. The female was reported as 5 feet 2 inches, 120 pounds, with long straight blonde hair. The vehicle was described as a white Ford F-150.

Multiple rooms were discovered broken in to on the third floor of Moore Hall. Two computers were reported taken.

On Friday, seven offices on the fourth floor of Moore Hall were hit — two MacBooks and four Apple computers — were taken.

Last year, computers were stolen from offices right across the hall.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Honolulu Police Department at 911 or Campus Security at 956-6911.

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krusha wrote:
As long as they don't install video cameras there, those thieves are going to keep coming back...
on April 24,2013 | 11:14AM
serious wrote:
Exactly my thought, and to add on, if they had saved some money they spent to hide themselves from the Wonder Blunder they could have had a complete security system rather then a couple of overweight guards trying to catch Jesse Owens.
on April 24,2013 | 11:35AM
olos73 wrote:
UH Manoa so sad. Should put a sign outside, "If you need a computer, this is the place to get one FREE."
on April 24,2013 | 11:36AM
localguy wrote:
Anyone who remembers watching the Keystone Cops on TV, is L T A O at this ongoing UH fiasco. (Keystone Cops = fictional incompetent policemen, featured in silent film comedies in the early 20th century.) Promises, promises from UH bureaucrats how they would fix the problem. Move ahead to today, not one thing has changed. Time to start holding people accountable, firing those bureaucrats responsible and finding people who can do the job. UH Manoa's reputation can't get much lower than now, nothing from the top down is working.
on April 24,2013 | 11:42AM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
It is fairly obvious that whoever manages UH's security has done a terrible job. The police chief needs to place a police department within the campus much like the way we have one in Waikiki. Or is it that our tourists are more important to us than our students?
on April 24,2013 | 11:50AM
waverider808 wrote:
they have campus security that is diagnolly across the street from moore hall. if they stuck their head out of the office and listened, they might have heard the door sills being ripped apart...
on April 24,2013 | 03:40PM
HAJAA1 wrote:
Manoa is simply a beehive of crime activity. Too many kids still bumming off their parents live at home in Manoa....partying, not working, spoiled brats with nothing to do. What a pilau part of town side.
on April 24,2013 | 11:55AM
RetiredWorking wrote:
HA, where do you live?
on April 24,2013 | 05:12PM
yrusodz wrote:
HAJAA maybe if you move to Kalihi then Manoa will get better?
on April 24,2013 | 07:19PM
busthalfnut wrote:
Security cameras. Coughing fit. SECURITY CAMERAS!
on April 24,2013 | 12:27PM
Skyler wrote:
Amazing they spend all that money on computers but can't put a simple security system in place. So bogus.
on April 24,2013 | 01:36PM
Publicbraddah wrote:
So much for the safety and well being of our student at UH. Where's Greenwood and Apple in all of this?
on April 24,2013 | 12:35PM
Wonderful_World wrote:
Counting their $$$!
on April 24,2013 | 12:57PM
tsboy wrote:
seriously, UH got its own security force and all you hear about is break ins and attempted rapes. what the hell is the security force doing? man, you would think that they would especially be watching the offices which are deserted at nght. when they catch these punks, give them a good beating before they turn em in.
on April 24,2013 | 12:40PM
olos73 wrote:
Maybe they have to put a security desk at the entrance/entrances.
on April 24,2013 | 12:55PM
csdhawaii wrote:
There are like 400 buildings on campus, you know. And I think only like 30 security staff. Criticize all you want, but you can't cover every single building on campus unless you have a staff of 400 officers X3 for every shift to cover 24/7, 365 days a year. And Apple keeps talking about making the campus more accessible...said he wants to have free parking available at night. Now THAT's going to definitely help the crime problem on campus!!
on April 24,2013 | 01:39PM
olos73 wrote:
No need security for every single building, but they should use common sense, too. KHON2 report said, "When thieves broke in Tuesday at around 11p.m., the main doors to the building were still unlocked." Moore Hall had computers stolen last week and doors still unlocked? In fact, this incident, MORE offices were broken into. Leave the doors open again and next week we'll read similar reports.
on April 24,2013 | 07:15PM
SyDag wrote:
Don't really need that many security staff. Recommend that security have random patrols throughout the campus where thefts and vandalism likely to occur. The thieves and vandals won't know when the patrols will appear. Surveillance need not be continuous. The city police department should use this method also to catch people who are stealing from the public schools. I employed this procedure and did not experience any break-ins because the intruders did not know when security will show up. What do you think?
on April 24,2013 | 09:35PM
pridon wrote:
Giving parking tickets for parking in a reserve spot on a Saturday AM when there was no univerisity activities were occuring
on April 24,2013 | 01:47PM
Anonymous wrote:
Computers, even laptops, can be secured by lock and cable. Was this elementary measure in place for the computers that were just stolen? Sure, a bolt cutter will defeat that measure, but it's still a deterrent: not every thief carries a bolt cutter with him, and a guy hanging out with a bolt cutter is a tad bit suspicious.
on April 24,2013 | 12:50PM
pridon wrote:
Macs. Did they have Find my Mac installed?
on April 24,2013 | 01:48PM
RetiredWorking wrote:
Anon and pridon, computer theft @ UH is getting ridiculous! Steal from UH once, shame on you. Steal from UH over and over, shame on security and UH management! You would think they'd hire qualified professionals to theftproof the computer room, if the staff can't handle a seemingly simple task. Last resort is bars on the windows and doors, I would think.
on April 24,2013 | 05:20PM
eastside808 wrote:
So if the security guards tried to talk to the couple, they were close enough to take the license plate number?
on April 24,2013 | 01:23PM
808comp wrote:
Leadership needs to wake up, or get them packing.
on April 24,2013 | 02:32PM
RetiredWorking wrote:
This reminds me of that house in Pearl City that burned down a year or so ago. The thief burglarized it repeatedly over a series of months, caught him on camera too.
on April 24,2013 | 05:22PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
How much incompetence can one State handle?
on April 24,2013 | 06:29PM
yrusodz wrote:
Don't know, why don't you move and we'll see how much it improves
on April 24,2013 | 07:17PM
yrusodz wrote:
Probably inside job?
on April 24,2013 | 07:16PM
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