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.
On Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at about 8pm, an owner at the end of N Laelua encountered a local man about 50 years old who claimed to be from Hana. The street lights were out so it was very dark and this man was just standing there at the end of Tim's driveway in the dark holding 2 bottle-type containers, one of which was half full. He said his car had broken down on Lae St and he was looking for water for his radiator. The owner took him at his word and gave him water. We both found it baffling why this man would be all the way at the end of N Laelua instead of approaching someone closer to his car. Thinking about it later, I figure the guy had to have been looking to siphon gas. It makes no sense that he would have been carrying half a container of water (it was probably gas). If he had found a hose, or someone had helped him, he would have had 2 full containers of water. He may carry some water as a cover, then dump it out when he finds gas. Anyone who parks on the street or even in your own driveway, you better make sure you have a locking gas cap and lock your car doors. There are definitely people prowling KB looking for open car doors.
A van parked along Lae St was searched and some tools stolen.
On March 14th, a local man in his 20's or early 30ís) knocked on our door just before 11 pm. He had containers in his arms and was asking for water for his car. He said his car needed water because it was overheating. I texted our neighbors across the street to alert them and then called 911. I didnít open the door and told him to go somewhere else, like the park. Cops came and Im not sure what transpired after that.
A strange woman walked into the open garage at 40 Laenui Place. The owners were in the livingroom at the time but that didn't faze her. She was dressed in a white shirt and was carrying 2 shopping bags, one red, one blue. She can be seen in the top left corner of this video...
Oscar confronted her as she was leaving and she said she thought she heard her friend. She went down Laenui, turned onto Hoe St, did not get into a car, but quickly disappeared. A couple of hours later she was back dressed differently and without the bags. A police officer came and said he knew her and that she is mentally disturbed but not violent or dangerous as far as he knows. She may be living at Lot 81. The next day she was observed on Hana Hwy hitch-hiking toward Hana.
Another resident had some friends over on Halloween. The front door was open and she came in and asked if she could hang out with them. She ate some food, stayed a little, then left. Kelly saw her a few times hitchhiking out on Hana Hwy by the KB entrance. She said she lives on Laenui, renting out a room. She is off, seemed nice but out there.
A man was observed with a flashlight at 3:15am looking into every car parked along both sides of Kaiea Place presumably looking for something to steal. There was a party at one of the houses so there were more cars than usual parked on the street that night.
This male was caught on camera stealing a bicycle from the front lanai at 18 Laenui Place... he is known on the streets of Paia and in the psrking lot of Haiku Mart.
A man was captured on video stealing a generator from the front lanai of Lot 83. We are still trying to get the footage because the truck was also recorded. A few weeks prior to that, a dirt bike was taken from the same house. The dirt bike was later found abandoned in Makawao.
A house on S Laelua ended up with a dime-sized hole/chip in the Master Bedroom window. The contractor who looked at it believed it came from a BB gun. It was at a level that could have hit someone if they happened to be in that spot at the time. Those guns seem like toys, but they can be dangerous and damage property. As it was a back window, the BB must have come from the direction of Laenui Place. The window now needs to be replaced at considerable trouble and expense. If you have a child who owns a BB gun, perhaps you should determine if he/she caused the damage and consider reimbursing the owner.
BB guns should not be used anywhere near areas where people, kids, and pets live and play.
A thief stole from an unlocked car in the driveway of Lot 37 loose change from the car console along with a full backpack & diving fins.
A truck in the driveway at 23 Kaiea Place had a machete and wallet stolen from it while the owner slept only steps away. The vehicle door had been left unlocked.
A few months ago, the County cleared out the homeless encampment at Kanaha Beach Park so the homeless all moved to Baldwin Beach and Paia. Crime in Paia has skyrocketed. Homeless people have been found early in the morning sleeping in cars on Kuau Bayview streets, mostly near the Makana Park entrance.
I have reported this incident to the police and they promised to increase patrols in KB by 75%. Please chase away anyone sleeping in cars or call MPD. Make note of license plates. Take photos. Install cameras and motion-activated lights. We need to let these people know they are not welcome here. Most are not homeless. They are from the mainland. The officer told me he was in Minute Stop yesterday and there were 2 guys who each had a 6 pack of beer for which they were paying cash and then used EBT cards to buy food. They also had disability cards & handicapped placards (even though they were both perfectly fit). The officer asked how long they had been on Maui (6 months) and how they managed to get EBT cards. They said they ordered them from WA before they left. They were able to do all the paperwork in WA no problem. Just had to apply and get some doctor to say they were unable to work and now they don't ever have to get a job. They asked the officer if that bothered him and he said yes, because both he and his wife worked hard for their money and they didn't get to live right at the beach.
The officer suggested I call Miguel Munoz, the community police officer assigned to Paia. Maybe if we all call and complain about this influx of "homeless," they will make them go back to wherever they came from.
This bike was stolen from the front lanai of 33 Hoe St (Lot 33). It did not have the mud-guards or the basket on the front (or the doggie, Wookie) when stolen, but it does still have the pink chain so is quite distinctive. It was not locked up as the owners were eating breakfast and about to go for a bike ride. This is a bold thief to steal in broad daylight while the owners are feet away.
A small, light gray, old, open-bed truck was observed driving very slowly along N Laelua. Occupants were in their 20's. Man was driving. Woman was passenger. They appeared to be non-affluent. They stopped at the end of the cul de sac and appeared to be looking into the open garage at 47 Laelua. The woman lit a cigarette while they sat there. The residents of 47 N Laelua were in the front yard and paying close attention to these intruders. When the truck occupants noticed that they were being watched, they suddenly took off. Many thanks to Jennifer and her dad for standing guard and quickly reporting. I immediately reported this to MPD.
8:30 am Saturday morning an older white Honda sedan license number MAY 216 was witnessed driving around Hoe St, Lae St, and S Laelua checking for unlocked vehicles. There were 3 young guys in hoodies (driver was female). They would drive along the street, stop, a guy would get out and enter unlocked cars parked on the street, steal what he could, then get back in the Honda and proceed to the next car. The car had a loud, smoking muffler. Many thanks to Steve from Lot 32 for his quick response & these photos. Also to Lisa Daly (Lot 54) for immediately reporting it. The next afternoon this vehicle was involved in a high speed chase in Makawao and the occupants sent to jail.
Two weeks prior to this, this same vehicle and crew entered Makana Park and so frightened an owner who was walking in the park that she phoned a neighbor to come pick her up. A young local man in a hoodie apparently had gotten out of the Honda and approached her carrying a golf club.
While Kelly was cooking dinner, a strange young man knocked on the door of Lot 69 at the corner of S Laelua and said to Kelly, "I want you to feed me." This is a homeless man named Dalton who has repeatedly caused trouble & been arrested several times at the Paia Youth & Cultural Center, and on the beaches for physically grabbing women & girls. He is in his early 20's, about 5' 8" tall with short blonde hair, regular weight, looks a little crazy, and is usually on drugs. He talks very loudly. Do NOT give this person any food, money, or engage in any way or he will become our permanent, dangerous problem. His parents are apparently old hippies who live in Haiku and they should be taking care of him but are not. He needs to be in rehab. If you feel threatened, call 911; otherwise, call the MPD dispatch line at 244-6400.
Lot 18 at 44 Lae St has a home security system that caught the following image of would-be burglars at 2am on March 1st, 2016 (their date codes are dd/mm/yyyy). They must have seen the camera and thought twice about breaking in (thank god).
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.