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Police focus on Pearl City burglaries after fatal fire

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 7:18 a.m. HST, Apr 1, 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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