Kauai copper theft probe underway

$10,000 worth of copper stolen in Kekaha, Hanapepe

Published  1:08 PM HST Dec 29, 2012

Kauai police are investigating two cases of copper theft reported on Thursday in Kekaha and Hanapepe.

The first incident occurred sometime between 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday and 8:30 a.m. on Thursday at a storage facility located on Kekaha Road, across from the old Kekaha Sugar Mill.

The unknown suspect, or suspects, appear to have cut through a pad lock to access 16 rolls of copper wiring.  The value of the roughly 130 feet of copper is estimated at $8,000.

Police were then dispatched to the Hanapepe Stadium where thieves cut through a chain link fence.  Roughly three rolls of copper wire valued at around $2,000 were stolen from a storage shed.  The incident appears to have occurred between 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday and 10:30 a.m. on Thursday.

"Copper theft is a reoccurring problem, but stolen copper isn't valuable if it can't be sold,” stated Assistant Chief of the Investigative Services Bureau Roy Asher.  "We want the public to be mindful in the event that anyone can provide information, but we'd also like to prevent future thefts from occurring."

Anyone with information on these incidents is asked to contact Police Dispatch at 241-1711 or Det. Bryson Ponce, 241-1681.

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