Laverne’s Catering, a family-run business in central Oahu lost thousands of dollars and some valuable foodservice equipment during a burglary.
The owners believe they know who is to blame for the crime after analysing security camera footage which showed two people approaching the company’s Waipio warehouse on Sunday morning.
Travis Paulo, co-owner, told Hawaii News Now: “They were there for maybe about five minutes. They stole the safe. They stole the pressure washer which was brand new in the box. They stole a couple of generators, basically anything they could just carry out.”
Co-owner Rene Paulo Jr. discovered the front door to the warehouse wide open when he showed up at about 6:30 am.
In an interview with Hawaii News Now, Paulo Jr said: “I came into the office and I looked and the safe was missing. They ripped it out of the floor.”
The family said the safe contained more than $10,000. They filed a police report and turned over the surveillance video.
Based on who has a key to the warehouse, and the fact that the security alarm was turned off once the thieves entered, the family suspects a trusted employee.
The company said they were aware of the employee’s criminal background, but wanted to give him a second chance.
Paulo Jnr said: “I treated him well and I don’t know, I guess he must have been desperate for money or what. He decided to come and steal from us.”
The company’s food truck in Waikele was open for business as usual, but the family is now scrambling to figure out how to move forward.
“It was a lot of money that he stole from the safe, basically over a week’s worth of revenue,” said Travis Paulo. “
I have employees now that I don’t know how I’m going to pay. I have bills that I don’t know how I’m going to pay.”
Laverne’s Catering said the empty safe was later found in some bushes in Mililani.