HONOLULU (KHON2) – Employees at the Moiliili Community Center are still trying to figure out the Friday morning burglary of November 19 that caused them thousands of dollars in damage; it is money that is used for programs for the benefit of kupuna and keiki.
Honolulu Police said a man and woman, both in their 20s, broke into the community center but were not given an opportunity to leave with property or money after the facilities alarm system frightened them.
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“They were probably after the money; they were looking for whatever they could get, ”explained Nadine Nishioka, executive director of the Moiliili Community Center. “We’re a non-profit community center, we don’t have a lot of money; what we have are grants or donations. Thus, the simple fact of breaking into our center will cost us nearly $ 6,000 to fix everything. “
The metal frame of the entrance to the center was damaged, as were two other doors inside the building.
Nishioka said, “He kicked the door open. He kicked it open and it was fixed; it took him seven hours to fix it today.
The burglars only stayed inside for a few minutes. Police were able to collect CCTV from the center and told Nishioka his alarm system may have averted further casualties.
“I think just breaking down my door took over a minute, which wiped out what they could look at in my desk and drawers, and they couldn’t unlock a lot of drawers. “Nishioka said. “But now, from now on, if they want to break in, there will be no more money to find because we are blocking everything.”
The Moiliili Community Center will soon be celebrating 120 years of educational programs for keiki and kupuna. Ultimately, it was the community that was robbed because the money that will go to repair the damage is money that is used to fund programs.
Nishioka added, “They literally robbed us because all this money is being taken away from our keiki and kupuna programs.”
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Anyone with information about the community center break-in is encouraged to share it with the Honolulu Police Department.