Hawaiian Telcom discovered Thursday that copper thieves stole about 300 feet of its copper cable in Kalaeloa, near the now closed Barbers Point Naval Air Station.
Thieves sawed through two aerial cables, a 400 pair and a 200 pair, on Franklin D. Roosevelt Ave. between Tulagi Ave. and Forrestal Ave., potentially causing telephone and Internet service disruption to more than 200 Hawaiian Telcom customers.
This is the seventh time thieves have stolen Hawaiian Telcom's copper cable from this general area over the past two years. The area has been relatively unoccupied since the NAS closed in 1999.
Just last week, thieves stole about 50 feet of copper cable from Hawaiian Telcom in the Moanalua Garden area.
Hawaiian Telcom crews are working to replace the stolen cables. They must transport in and place two replacement cables and then painstakingly splice both the 400 pair and 200 pair sections. This work is scheduled to be completed this weekend.
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 Hawaii in 2007 to deter the growing incidents of copper theft.
The public is urged to call 911 to report suspicious activity to police or to Hawaiian Telcom security at 643-7111.