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Police focus on Pearl City burglaries after fatal fire

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 07:18 a.m. HST, Apr 01, 2012

Police and CrimeStoppers are seeking the public’s assistance in locating two men caught on video stealing exotic fish from a Pearl City residence.

The burglaries occurred on the same street as a fire that killed a 97-year-old woman on Friday. In that case, police are investigating whether burglars using a blowtorch to open a lock may have triggered the fire.

The house had been burglarized several times, according to one of the survivors.

The second house on Hoomalolo Street, home to a tropical fish collection, was initially burglarized in September 2011. The male suspect in that incident was caught on video.

On March 8, surveillance video caught a second man also stealing fish at the same house.

Police said the suspects were aware of the video camera and attempted to cover their faces.

Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300 or *CRIME on a cellular phone. Free cellular calls are provided by AT&T Nextel Hawaii, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless Hawaii, Mobi PCS and Hawaiian Tel. CrimeStoppers also accepts anonymous text and web tips. To submit a tip, text “CS808” plus a message to 274637 or CRIMES.

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kainalu wrote:
I seen another "witness" on the news, a neighbor of the victim who said he saw a "suspicious" guy standing on the road with a large model airplane, when a vehicle came down the road and picked this guy up. I sense that he never called 911, and I also sense I know why. I've called 911 before to report suspicous activity in my neighborhood. More than once, the police never came. So now, I don't call anymore. It is what it is.
on March 31,2012 | 09:42AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Do not delay call 911. We all are placed here for a maximum of 100 years and that lady nearly made it. My deepest condolences to her and her family. My grandmother died at 93, and that was by an accidental fall, nearly going the same way as this 97 year old lady. I understand Lex Brodie is still living at 97.
on March 31,2012 | 01:23PM
atilter wrote:
whats all this jibberish - to try to deflect what is being said from stating the obvious - that hpd does not arrive soon enough at times. its what it is! many of our oldsters are living longer. so what? how does that fact mix with/add to the point of the discussion? stick to the point - dont waste our time.
on March 31,2012 | 07:40PM
cojef wrote:
Sad a theft attempt ends up being an arson and a needless death. The thief or ist it a robber, if caught is now involved, in a homicide. When thing go bad, it really gets rotten. Kids should learn from this tragedy that it's better to obey the law and be a good citizen rather than a riff-raff petty criminal.
on March 31,2012 | 10:03AM
Manapua_Man wrote:
Geez... imagine living till 97 years just to have one's life taken away so senselessly. The one responsible should do the honorable thing and leave this world.
on March 31,2012 | 10:17AM
808warriorfan wrote:
on March 31,2012 | 12:50PM
atilter wrote:
on March 31,2012 | 07:41PM
niimi wrote:
If robbed 7 times it would appear the same perpetrators are at it or they talk among other types who steal. Either way it would be interesting when, if caught and convicted, what they would say in the please for leniency. "I nevah know da place was going catch faya. I ask da court fo let me jus do probation." But if any incident escalates, in this case from a theft attempt into arson and 2nd degree homicide, one is ultimately responsible for one's own actions. That poor woman.
on March 31,2012 | 01:45PM
atilter wrote:
just the specter of imagining a helpless, bed-ridden person (no matter what age) being caught up in an inferno is most infuriating. and people wonder why vigilante-ism exists in many parts of our country! jail would be too lenient for the perpetrator(s). ooops - getting too carried away. calm, calm, calm, people!
on March 31,2012 | 08:06PM
Buido wrote:
Read more carefully Please ... "Several times" not "7 times" ...
on April 1,2012 | 07:15AM
sak wrote:
Please read yesterdays news account which revealed that the same house has experienced 7 burgularies previously, then todays account only states several. Which is it? But either way, they need a dog or two, also a security system to help stop or catch these low life scum bags.
on April 1,2012 | 08:10AM
palolo2001 wrote:
Check out where they fly model airplanes and they may know or heard of who the arsonist was.
on March 31,2012 | 04:47PM
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on March 31,2012 | 06:29PM
atilter wrote:
whatever happened to the time honored - very slow and painful method used by many of our past ancestors - burying the proven guilty person in a hole up to the neck and leaving them there for maybe a day or more (of course we keep them fed and watered adequately). its okay if a few food morsels never quite reach the mouth and happen to fall on the ground. accidents will happen!!! some forms of "justice" may work better than others - just a thought!!!.....
on March 31,2012 | 07:58PM
sak wrote:
Also while the hickory stick is up there anus, light it on fire and let it burn for a while.
on April 1,2012 | 08:13AM
atilter wrote:
ooo - i must have said something hateful or inciteful! the censor got me - oo, oof, ouch, arrrgghh!
on March 31,2012 | 09:06PM
liberalsFAIL wrote:
There seems to be something the news media is not telling us: what kind of crackhead breaks into a house to steal model airplanes or exotic fish?? It's not like you can stand on a Chinatown corner and upsell a passerby "eh dude I got some nice remote control Cessnas, 500 bucks wanna buy?" If I moved into a neighborhood where homes were being burglarized several times a year, I'd buy a gun and install a security system and cameras. Calling the police after it's happened and expect them to do everything will not help you.
on March 31,2012 | 11:39PM
Bruddah_Shane wrote:
It'll turn out that the suspects are related to folks on the HPD force and they will turn a blind eye to the crimes being committed in the local neighborhood in order to save the family some shame. Life on the New Plantation people. The residents need to take matters into their own hands
on April 1,2012 | 07:02AM
kaip2 wrote:
It's really concerning when thieves become so bold and start to rule a neighborhood like this. Seems like out of fear of retaliation, no one wants to report this to the police. This is a neighborhood that's predominantly made up of seniors and its not uncommon for thieves to target these victims. Let's not let this happen to our Kupuna. They deserve a better qualtiy of life than this.
on April 1,2012 | 07:40AM
Willieboy wrote:
Betah hide my face - nevah mind about my tattoos.... talk about dumb criminals.
on April 1,2012 | 07:55AM
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