HILO >> Thieves stealing copper at a Big Island park may have caused as much as $2,000 damage.
Hawaii County Parks and Recreation spokesman Jason Armstrong says the thieves cut pipes and stole spigots at Onekahakaha Beach Park in Hilo.
A parks department employee arrived Wednesday to clean a restroom. He turned on water and it started shooting out of pipes.
Armstrong says county workers restored water service to park bathrooms at about 11:30 a.m. but drinking fountains can’t be used until additional repairs are complete.
Metal theft has increased with a rise of scrap metal prices. The FBI says the price of copper rose 500 percent between 2001 and 2008.