HONOLULU (KHON2) — A local business is pleading for the public’s help in finding an iconic part of its store front. Two people stole a giant gummy bear statue from outside of A.C. Lyau Company Ltd. during the weekend of Nov. 28.
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Surveillance video caught the thieves in action as they tipped the statue over, lowered it to street-level and carried it away.
“One guy climbed up to the ledge, lowered the bear down, and I guess it fell or dropped on the air conditioning unit. So it caused some damage to that, some of the grills were ripped,” said owner Jonathan Lyau. “They both went into the Waikiki direction. They came back with some kind of dolly or cart, and they put it on it and they wheeled it to the Waikiki direction out of the camera view.”
Lyau is hoping that someone witnessed the theft as the massive gummy bear was being transported. He is asking that anyone who may have seen what happened or may have seen the statue will help police identify the suspects.
The gummy bear was originally a gift to the owner of the store– which sells snacks and candy — when the A.C. Lyau Company did not have a sign. The statue has been up since 2016.
“For me I was kind of sad, and so were some of my employees. It’s like part of the family, it was something that we always told our customers, ‘oh where are you located, just look for the big read bear, that’s us.’ So, it was kinda like part of our family. I just want it back, it’s hard to replace. I don’t think I could replace it that easily.”Jonathan Lyau, A.C. Lyau Owner
In August, A.C. Lyau marked its 100th year in business. Lyau said dealing with the theft on top of the pandemic has been difficult.
Business owners in the area say crime occasionally happens along Queen Street, but the community does what it can to make sure it’s safe.
“During the day it’s really safe here there’s lots of eyes around. It’s when you get 2 a.m., 3 a.m.,4 a.m. in the morning (when) there’s less eyes around … (That’s) really when I’ve noticed incidents happening,” said Alex Utal, Used Surfboards Hawaii owner. “We all try to work together here. Definitely be in touch with your neighbors and get a community sense of what’s going on.”
Sgt. Chris Kim with Crimestoppers said it is always good for businesses to have extra security measures in place.
“What you want to do is you want to try and limit the opportunity,” said Kim. “Just having some type of security system set up, with a big camera or even a sign saying that you have a camera, some type of visual deterrent, is actually always a good idea.”
He also suggested possibly installing a perimeter alarm system and motion sensor lights to scare away thieves.