WAILUA — The deep rumble of big motocross bikes was the normal sound heard during the weekends and holiday.
“We always open the track so people can ride,” said Davin Parado, operating president of the Kauai Moto X Association. “This is not a meet. We open the track so riders can have open riding.”
Sunday, the riders were on the track in Wailua as usual.
Parado, arriving early to open, was greeted with a surprise when someone broke into one of the track’s buildings, making off with some of the KMXA supplies and equipment, including a Ryobi 2200 generator, a pop up tent and some power tools.
“We filed a police report,” Parado said. “And, without the serial numbers to track the taken items, it’s going to be hard to get anything back. We just want to let the community be aware so they can be aware — if anyone is trying to get rid of these items.”
Parado said the police told him there have been reports of similar break-ins taking place in the area.
“They didn’t just take the equipment,” Parado said. “When they first tried breaking in, they tried breaking in the main supply room, destroying the electronic lock in an attempt at getting to the keys to the supply shed. Now, the lock won’t work so we’re going to have to replace that as well.”
Parado said it appeared the thieves partially pried open the doors to the shed and somehow were able to jimmy the 2×4 that locked the main doors.
“When I got here, I noticed the doors were partially open,” Parado said. “That’s when I discovered the items missing. The sad part is that all of the items which were taken were donated to us. We don’t think we’re going to get them back, and we don’t have the funds to replace the items. The hard part is the cordless drill they took was my own. I had left it here because we were working on a project. Now, it’s gone.”
He said despite the loss, the KMXA calendar of events won’t be affected.
“We can still operate,” Parado said. “But when I first saw the break-in, and while taking inventory of things taken, there was this feeling of being violated. We, the KMXA and all the volunteers, work hard to try and give back to the community, and to have something like this happen. The feeling is undescribable — it is sickening.”
KMXA is accepting donations of any type to help recover from this incident.
“This is just a little setback,” Parado said. “We’re going to come back — even stronger.”