Strangers Chase Down A Thief

Pamela Young
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Wednesday - November 18, 2009
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Dear Pamela,

While walking to my car with a girlfriend and my 1-year-old son, I noticed a man holding two tote bags that looked like mine. As we approached my car, I saw that the window was shattered and immediately connected the two. Another girlfriend was parked below us, so I ran to her car, jumped in and we went after the thief. Sure enough, I saw the man still holding my bags and jumped out of the car to confront him. He quickly took off and I chased after him on Kapiolani Boulevard while talking to a 911 operator on my cell phone.

We ended up in an open parking lot and that’s where three men helped me detain this man until police officers arrived. I want to thank these three strangers who put themselves in danger. Someone also brought my bags back to me as the man dropped them as I was chasing him, and I want to thank this person as well.

I didn’t get the name of everyone who jumped in to help me. But I did get the names of Wally Lee, Tim Hayes and Scott Logsdon. When police arrived, all my “angels” quickly left and I was immediately escorted to my car, so I didn’t get to thank anyone at the scene.

I’m very happy that I got my things back, but I’m also happy that no one got hurt.

Y. Makinano


Dear Y.,

One of the pursuers gave chase even while disabled with congenital heart failure. Carpenter Tim Hayes is a former corrections officer for the state of Hawaii.

“I’m not the kind of guy who would ignore something like this,” says Tim. “I heard a woman scream, ‘Stop that man, he has my purse!‘I was riding my bike and saw the man running on Kapiolani toward Waikiki. I followed him when he ducked behind a store and grabbed his shirt. The two men chasing him caught up with us. I kicked him on his knee, twisted his arm behind his back and said, ‘You just ran into the wrong Republican!’”

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Dear Pamela,

I dropped my cell phone while walking near Mililani High School. I discovered it missing when I returned home. Before I could report it, my wife received a call on her cell phone from a nice lady at Waimalu T-Mobile. I believe her name was Sherri. She said that a lady found my phone and brought it to the nearest T-Mobile store, which is in Waimalu. Sherri checked to see whether the account was active and called us. The Good Samaritan declined to leave her name. I would like to thank the wonderful lady who found my phone and was nice enough to take it to Waimalu. I hope that I will be able to follow her example and do the same for someone in the future. And thank you, Sherri, for your prompt and courteous action. You certainly saved me a lot of worry.

Andrew Watanabe

Dear Andrew,

“This happens now and then, and we always try to get the phones back to their owners,” says retail sales rep Sherri Cabastas, who’s been with the company for four years. “When people find the phones, I ask for their name and number so the owner will have the opportunity to thank them, but some people just want to do a good deed anonymously. For the owners, it’s such a relief to get a lost phone back. They are primarily concerned about their contacts being protected.”


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