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HPD warns of Manoa car break-ins

Police are reminding vehicle owners to lock their doors after a spate of car break-ins over the weekend in upper Manoa.

Nine vehicles, all left unlocked, were broken into and had items taken in the areas of Waaloa Place and Pinao Street between Sunday and Monday, police said. Some of the vehicles were parked in carports, which may have led the owners to believe their cars were safe.

One vehicle window was tagged with the letters “YK” for “young kriminals,” police said.

A police spokeswoman didn’t have information on the group, but the name appears in an online forum about gangs in Hawaii.

Honolulu police spokeswoman Michelle Yu said vehicle owners should lock their doors even when their cars are parked on private property, including in carports.

“Also, don’t leave valuables in the vehicle, especially in plain view,” she said.

Police opened nine cases for unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle and one case for fourth-degree criminal property damage. No arrests were made by Wednesday.

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  • What a rotten part of Honolulu. Lazy, adult kids living in extremely old, overpriced homes with their mommies and daddies. Sell while the market is hot!

    • I’m not sure if you mean to imply “Lazy, adult kids living in extremely old, overpriced homes with their mommies and daddies” are somehow to blame for the thefts. Manoa ain’t Kahala, but last I heard, even Manoa residents don’t deserve to be victims.

      I do feel though, that since all nine affected vehicles were left unlocked (plus the one reported instance of graffiti) the culprit probably is a teen or young adult intent on crimes of opportunity. A real pro would probably be capable of stealing the vehicle itself, and would not be content on just rummaging about in the glove compartment and sifting through the assorted junk left lying on car seats and in the trunk.

      One day, hopefully soon, his (or her) luck is bound to run out.

      • Kharma is when the low life doing these car crimes has their car broken into, damage done, another group takes credit by tagging their car.

        What goes around comes around.

      • I suspect it’s a teenager out on break.

        For one, most cars autolock within minutes. So the cars that were burglarized were probably pretty old, likely pre-2000 models. There’s obviously little value in those unless they are vintage models of certain brands, but those owners almost certainly lock those vehicles. Little more than crimes of opportunity by idle teenage hands.

        People really should invest in security cameras, either fake or real as a deterrent.

      • MANOA IS A GOOD PLACE … HARD WORKING ELDERLY RETIREES … IF I SEE ANY OF THESE PUNKS AROUND I’LL RUN THEM OVER TO KEEP MANOA SAFE … LET THIS BE A WARNING TO YOU “YK” PUNKS OUT THERE … WE FIGHT BACK !!!!!

    • I think it’s those elderly university professors.

      They’re smart enough to set up our angelic youth by leaving “YK” tags at the scene of the crime./

  • You figure by now UH would have installed video cameras all over campus with all the break ins and thefts that occur over there every other day. Nothing deters a thief more than having their faces shown on the news broadcasts for all to see. Usually it’s just a few who commit most of the crimes, so putting just a couple guys behind bars probably would cause the crime rate to drop there by more than half.

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