Hawaiian Telcom says thieves stole about 50 feet of its copper cable in an underground manhole in the Moanalua Gardens area overnight.
The company says the thieves broke through a manhole that was welded shut to prevent copper theft and sawed through two cables -- a 1,200 pair and a 600 pair cable -- potentially causing telephone and Internet service disruption to more than 600 Hawaiian Telcom customers.
This is the fourth time thieves have stolen copper cable from this location, despite measures to prevent theft, including welding the manholes.
Hawaiian Telcom crews are now working to replace the stolen cables by painstakingly splicing a 1,200 pair section and a 600 pair section in the manhole. This work is scheduled to be completed by the end of this week.
Hawaiian Telcom has reported this theft to the Honolulu Police Department. The thieves have not been apprehended and the case remains under investigation by HPD.
Copper theft of one pound or more was established as a Class C Felony in the State of Hawai?i in 2007 to deter the growing incidents of copper theft (HRS 708-835.7).
The public is encouraged to call 911 to report suspicious activity to police or to Hawaiian Telcom security at 643-7111.