HONOLULU (KHON2) – There were scary times for employees at Aloha Card Shop in Puck’s Alley on Sunday, Jan. 30, after police said a thief entered with a gun, demanding sports cards .
Employees were helping a customer when it happened.
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“He told all of us to put your hands up and stay behind the counter and look away and not look at him,” said Aloha Card Shop employee Reece Felix.
Shocked by what they saw, the employees stood there, frozen, as the thief went after the sports card case.
“He walked over to the rack and he started opening it up and taking cards,” Felix said.
Within minutes, the thief made off with a bag full of cards worth up to $30,000.
“It’s actually crazy for all the times that happens because it’s during the Super Bowl,” said Elijah Shimabukuro, an Aloha Card Shop employee. “The Super Bowl is coming very soon, and all the popular quarterbacks and players were on that shelf.”
For Aloha Card Shop, this is not the first time the company has been a victim.
“We’ve had a burglary before, like five months ago when we first opened.” said Felix. “We had a vent over there on the wall, and someone kicked it in and crawled out. After the first time it was like ‘wow, that was mind blowing. I can’t believe it happened, but it’s like a whole new level.
According to the police, no arrests have been made at this time.
“We’re just reminding companies to take these proactive steps to protect you and some of these things are just putting a good monitoring system in place,” said Sgt. Chris Kim of the Honolulu CrimeStoppers. “Placing cameras provides a good visual deterrent and putting up signs.”
Bolstering security is exactly what Aloha Card Shop plans to do.
“We’re going to put a buzzer on the door so we can see people outside before we let them in,” Shimabukuro said.
For now, the company is just happy that things haven’t gotten worse.
“Of course, I’m worried about the cards and the monetary value, but I don’t want my friends or family to get hurt,” Felix said.
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Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the HPD.