Kuau Bayview Crime Log
Crime incidents in Kuau Bayview will be listed here so that owners can be warned and on the look-out for intruders in the neighborhood. Please report all crimes and suspicious activity with as many details as you can. Submit photos if possible. If we work together, perpetrators won't have a chance and word will get out that Kuau Bayview is not an easy target.
A very expensive mountain bike was stolen from the garage. The actual theft probably happened during the previous 5 days but it was not discovered and reported until Sept 22nd. There was no sign of forced entry so it is believed that the garage side door had been left unlocked. Nothing else was taken.
The circumstances of this theft make me think that it was not some random prowler who chanced upon an unlocked door. I suspect that this bike was specifically targeted by someone who knew it was there. This is a reminder to everyone to keep all doors and windows locked when you leave the house.
At about 3pm on June 4, 2014 someone entered an open garage at 36 Hoe St and stole two red plastic gas cans, one 2-gallon, one 5-gallon.
This thief was bold and stealthy because the owners were in their living room at the time and they noticed nothing.
To minimize temptation, at least for the next little while, it's probably best to keep garage doors closed and not leave items in yards if they are visible from the street.
Lot 1 at the top of Lae St just outside the park entrance was broken into Friday, April 11, 2014 in the afternoon sometime between noon and 4pm. The items stolen were an iPad, camera, and cash. It appears the thief entered through the garage by utilizing the key pad. He then entered the home and exited through the sliding glass door at the rear of the house. It would seem that it was someone who knew the key code to the garage door.
If you have a key pad on the outside of your garage, perhaps change your code periodically and cover the pad with your hand while you enter the code. The thief at Lot 59 stole binoculars so it is possible someone could sit in a car across the street and watch as the code is being entered. Also make sure the keys themselves don't reveal the code by being worn or dirty.
This man was crouched beside the retention basin fence (on the homeowner's side) between lot 28 and 29. The resident froze and stared at the man. He did not move (the kids would have run). As the resident moved toward his lanai door, the man reversed and walked out to Lae St. The resident ran into the house to get a camera then biked down to Hana Hwy and discretely snapped this shot as he peddled back. They made eye contact and the intruder didn't appear to be bothered that the resident was the same guy he had just encountered.
The son of the Lot 28 tenant hopped on his motorcycle to intercept the intruder. "I put the fear of God in him." He said the intruder admitted to "helping himself" to items on other occasions. He said, "the guy wasn't really all there." This intruder was later observed sitting outside Mana Foods with a sign panhandling.
Someone unlawfully entered an unlocked door at Lot 59 and stole money and binoculars while the owner was next door having dinner. Muddy footprints in the house indicated that entry was from the cane field. The owner felt he had been watched until he left the house. When he asked the three male officers if there had been any other incidents lately, they said no (!).
A man was apprehended by MPD between Lot 41 and Lot 30 on Lae St trying to hide a backpack of items stolen from a home across Hana Hwy. He had apparently gotten into the yard from the break in the rock wall on Lae St. This area will be closed off asap.
The local boys returned to pick up a plump red bantam chicken (a laying hen, not a feral) in a rusty cage they had hidden along the berm next to the park the previous day. This chicken may have been stolen from a house behind Lot 8 at 252 Kahiko St. The stolen garden bin and jar were recovered when they were found hidden in the cane field, but the chicken & cage were gone by the time I got back there. The ladder was recovered next to the Lot 8 fence.
Three local teenage boys were observed passing along the Paia side of the Lot 27 house. From his living room, David saw the taller boy perch himself against the fire hydrant at the corner of 20 Hoe Place while the two smaller youths trespassed along the Paia side of the house within 3 feet of the rear bedroom windows. David grabbed his camera and chased them through the walkway into the park. They disappeared into the old subdivision.
A small local girl who lives in the blue house that adjoins the park asked him, "Do you know the names of those boys you were chasing?" She called them by name and said there were usually 4-5 of them and 2 live in the tall brown house next to hers (the kid in the purple shirt does for sure).
David went to the police substation in the community center with the photos and spoke to a female officer. She did not recognize the youths, nor was aware of a problem.
At about 10:30am five local males (three are seen in the photos above) were discovered in the yard of Lot 7 having carried a ladder from the driveway through a closed 6' gate into the front yard and were trying to climb over the fence into Lot 8 with two chickens. Workmen refused to let them enter so they threw a mango at them and it landed in the living room of Lot 8 as the roof was off. They did a lot of damage to the plants and terraces stomping around Lot 7. They then ran through the back of Lot 7 to the cane field. These men ranged in age from 13 to 18. The shirtless boy is from Skill Village. The tall boy in the beige shirt is Cinda's son from 250 Kahiko St. The boy in the purple T-shirt with white lettering lives in the brown house second from the corner on Kahiko St. There were 2 other boys not in the photos. Three ran mauka, two ran toward Paia, but they joined up and were approaching KB again along the cane road when they saw MPD officer Tau-a and me and ran away again. Later that day I discovered that they had stolen my garden bin and a gallon jar of wheat berries that had been on my back lanai (which I found stashed next day).
I sent Cinda the photos and she was shocked to see her son as the ringleader. Cinda knows all the boys and their parents and has no doubt spoken with them all by now as well as the police officers who took the reports. I'm sure she will do her best to keep them in line. She is very sure that these boys had nothing to do with the house burglaries and does not want anyone pinning all these crimes on the boys.
Jewelry & $240 cash was stolen from a back bedroom. Access was gained through an open bedroom window. Left front door was left wide open when they left. The thief left muddy footprints throughout the house. The empty jewelry box was found in the back yard.
Dana's cat trap (for catching chickens) was stolen from the front yard of Lot 90.
I do not wish to alarm anyone but I feel it is important for people to be aware of what is going on out there.
A single story house just east of the blue tile roof had a break in at 3am. Locals cut a bedroom window screen, took a woman's wallet from her night table (not sure if it was while she slept), and spent $99 on her credit card in town.
Someone else also on the makai side a few houses east from above house at 3am on a different day had a "big local woman" knock on the door and ask to use the phone. The resident did not open the door but offered to dial the number. Apparently the woman left but returned and knocked on the door again, the guy opened the door and when he did a large local male came out of the bushes with a baseball bat. The house owner (local guy) fought the male who seemed to have a gun in a holster. It was a plastic gun.
These stories are third-hand and the details are incomplete. But this is scary stuff and it sounds as if criminals are getting desperate. I suspect the police would advise not to ever open your door to a stranger at night, and even be careful during the day. Be vigilant and report suspicious activity.
Burglary on Halloween night. Owner was in Lahaina. Thief pulled up one of the chairs from the back lanai, removed the kitchen screen, and got into the house. Thief stole all the owner's jewelry. Police didn't even notice the window and had to be called back. Police told her, "There must be someone in the neighborhood who doesn't like you." Nothing was ever recovered.
On Halloween night at about 2am from a second story window a large white pickup truck was observed idling in the middle of the road at the end of the cul de sac on Kaiea Place. The driver's window was open and a local man was looking intently at the houses. I went down to the driveway with a flashlight and approached him. As soon as he saw me he took off in a hurry. Sometime the following day four houses on N Laelua (including Lot 47) were broken into. Computer equipment, money, etc was stolen.
Owner believes it was a man who asked if he could graft her Orchid tree. Owner was in Hana for the weekend and when she got back all of her jewelry was missing along with her iPod and the bag it was in.