HONOLULU (KHON2) — Recently, business owners on Oahu have been greeted by their stores being damaged or robbed.
Kailua Businesses are picking up the pieces after an overnight series of smash and grabs around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 26.
The owners found their glass doors and windows shattered as they tried to start their day.
Mahaloha Burger, Pieology, on Hekili Street and Aloha Salads and Paniolos Hawaii in the Kailua Shopping Center were targeted in the overnight crime spree.
“There was a lot of glass here,” Mahaloha Burger Operations Director Juan Torres explained. “This (area) was just covered with tempered glass.”
The four small fast food restaurants were left to pick up the pieces.
The thieves even left the rock they used to break in behind according to Shaun O’Connor, regional manager of Aloha Salads.
“(The rock is) probably a good 25 pounds. At a least 25 to 30 pound rock. Big enough to go through any window,” he explained.
“It went at least 6 feet through the window and they retrieved it, used it and threw it through the next door Paniolo’s.”
No one knows why these businesses were targeted. But they all said it makes no sense.
“Nothing was in the drawers,” O’Connor said. “We don’t keep any cash here at night. All they did was made a bunch of mess for us to clean up and some windows for us to fix.”
O’Connor said Mexico Lindo restaurant, right next door, had their windows shattered a few weeks ago.
“I think it’s sad for this community,” Torres said. “So we just have to pick it up as best we can and continue business.”
Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi said the city will do what it can to prevent future incidents.
“The fact that that’s happened and we’re seeing a rise in things of this nature, I can promise you after leaving today we’ll put our police on full alert,” Blangiardi said.
Business owners said they’d like to see land owner Alexander and Baldwin do more to deter criminals.
A business owner Javier Valadez, the owner of Beach Park Tattoo Hawaii, went to open his shop on Tuesday morning when he noticed two business stores across the street on Hekili Street were vandalized.
We saw this about 8 a.m. this morning when we got to work we were shocked to see two windows, especially with the other news about robbery break-ins around the island. We had a scared unsafe feeling.”Javier Valadez, owner of Beach Park Tattoo Hawaii
In addition to coverage from the Honolulu Police Department that oversees Kailua and extensive video surveillance throughout our property, A&B contracts a private security company to position multiple guards throughout our centers to patrol the area 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In light of last night’s unfortunate events, we are working with local law enforcement to aid in the ongoing investigation and to determine what new measures can be taken to reduce theft in our merchant community.
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The cause of the damage has not yet been confirmed. Honolulu police are investigating.