Brazen thief uses forklift to steal vehicle near Kalaeloa Airport


Honolulu police are investigating a crazy car theft.

The suspect used a forklift to steal the vehicle, and it was all caught on camera.

It happened in Kalaeloa over the weekend. The victim told KHON2 the car was found nearby but not how he wanted it.

“Gone in 60 Seconds” is the name of a Hollywood movie, but that’s exactly what a creative car thief managed to pull off using a forklift sometime Friday.

For David Rose, his 2000 Honda Civic was the target.

“I got scared. I felt violated and like somebody was pulling a prank on me or something,” Rose said.

The theft happened in a parking lot near the Kalaeloa Airport. Rose said he went to pick up his car on Saturday morning, but it was gone.

Surveillance video from a nearby building shows someone riding on a small forklift pull into the parking lot. 

That person eventually pulls back around next to Rose’s car, lifts it off the ground with the forklift, and then rides off down the street with it.

The Honda heist took less than a minute.

“I was like wow! I put an alarm on it. I put even that lock for the steering wheel and even for the gas pedal, the clutch. No matter what you do to secure your vehicle, they’ll find a way to steal it and that’s wrong,” Rose said.

Rose filed a police report and a few hours later, officers found the vehicle a few blocks. It had been stripped and burned.

“It really hurts. It hits home, you know what I mean? It’s personal. I understand they steal the car but they did it personal when they burned it,” Rose said.

Rose isn’t sure why he was targeted. The Honda was a project vehicle that he and his son were working on together.

“I work very hard and try to provide for my family. Yes, I do fall down, but I try to pick myself back up and when people try to knock me down again, it hurts. It really hurts,” Rose said.

We’ll be checking in with HPD to see if anything like this has ever been reported before.

If you have any information about this theft, give HPD a call.

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