UH Manoa's Moore Hall burglarized a second time

Published On: Apr 25 2013 05:57:27 AM HST

Two burglaries in one week at UH Manoa has it's faculty searching for answers.

HONOLULU -

A second burglary at Moore Hall took place on the University of Hawaii at Manoa campus Tuesday night.

Crooks broke into 12 offices on the third floor and stole two Apple laptops.

When a pair of faculty members arrived for work Wednesday morning, their computers were gone.

"There was a lot of commotion here.  Campus police were here and I found out that 12 offices were broken into," said Dr. Ming-Bao Yue, the Department Chair of East Asian Languages and Literatures at UH Manoa.

Dr. Yue said her university-issued MacBook was the only item burglars were interested in.  She estimates its value between $1,500 and $2,000.

Fortunately for the associate professor, she just backed up all of her files, but she wants some backup from campus security.

"For one thing the university has to put more money into its security systems and maybe consider some hidden cameras here or there," said a faculty member that asked to remain anonymous.

"Maybe we need alarm systems.  Several people are putting locks on their doors, but as you can see the problem is not the locks -- actually it's the frame," said Dr. Yue.

Tuesday night's burglars removed parts of those frames.  Crews finished repairs by Wednesday afternoon.

Ten out of the 12 offices broken into were those with extra locks installed.  Some faculty assume the suspects scouted out the third floor of Moore Hall before striking.

"You don't know who's going by because majority of our students, you just assume that they're our students," said the anonymous faculty member.

"It wouldn't surprise me if the people who did it last week were the same people who burglarized this department," said Yue.

Last week, four computers were stolen from the fourth floor of Moore Hall -- two MacBooks and two Apple computers.  However on Tuesday night, campus security identified two suspects fleeing the scene.

The first is reported to be a man in his late 20s, about 6-feet-tall, 160 pounds with dirty blonde hair.  Security officers say he was with a woman.  They were spotted leaving in a white Ford pickup truck.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Honolulu Police Department at 911 or Campus Security at 956-6911.

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