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Puna councilwoman walks in on 2 men burglarizing her office

HILO >> A councilwoman on Hawaii island says she feels violated after walking into her office and finding two burglars preparing to take her belongings.

Puna Councilwoman Eileen O’Hara told the Hawaii Tribune-Herald that she went to her office Monday after receiving a report that an office laptop was being used at a nearby business.

O’Hara said she walked in to the office, which was closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and spotted two men, one of whom was using the bathroom with the door open.

“It was not a pretty sight,” O’Hara said.

She said both men fled, leaving behind a shirt and office equipment they had been gathering to steal.

Police haven’t yet located the suspects and the missing laptop hasn’t been recovered.

O’Hara said she suspected the men had been in the building since Sunday following an open house at the office the day before.

Hawaii Police Department Lt. Gregory Esteban said one suspect was described as between 20 and 30 years old with long hair, while the other was said to be short with a slim build.

The councilwoman said there were no signs of forced entry and that the men had claimed to be county workers and even accepted paperwork as if they were staff.

“I was feeling violated,” O’Hara said. “The whole thing was very irritating to me.”

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