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Kaneohe man charged with stealing copper wire along H-3

LAST UPDATED: 09:59 a.m. HST, May 11, 2013

Authorities charged a 47-year-old Kaneohe man Thursday with stealing copper wire along the H-3 freeway.

Gregg Humel was charged with theft of copper and five counts of second-degree trespass.

According to documents filed with Honolulu District Court, officers with the Honolulu Police Department’s District 3 Crime Reduction Unit conducted a stakeout of areas of Halawa Access Road and Iwaena Street, near the Board of Water Supply Xeriscape Garden, after receiving information on a series of copper thefts, on Tuesday.

The officers reported seeing Humel illegally entering private property, loading “black bundles” onto a cart and attempting to leave. Officers also discovered that of 16 copper wires previously left under a bridge, only four remained after Humel left the area.

The officers arrested Humel for theft of copper and trespassing. A search of Humel’s cart turned up copper wire and wire insulation left behind was positively matched with wire used inside panels of the H-3.

Humel reportedly told the officers that he had “found” the copper under the bridge.

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Sid_Hartha wrote:
I believe him; let him loose. All circumstantial evidence. He's not our guy.
on May 11,2013 | 06:11AM
hanalei395 wrote:
That thief is YOUR guy. OUR guy is that same thief who was caught in the act and going to prison.
on May 11,2013 | 09:42AM
soundofreason wrote:
I'm just "surprised" that his previous five year PROBATION sentence for his previous theft didn't make him a changed man. I mean, after all, he was ordered to do "a program", funded by taxpayers, as part of his sentence and yet........

No conclusion on his restitution order either. Imagine my surprise.

on May 11,2013 | 07:27AM
808Cindy wrote:
Hey Judge, we the public want to see him serve a Looooooooooong Jail Sentence !!!
on May 11,2013 | 07:41AM
Grimbold wrote:
You, the public are weird, I think it is abnormal to not have the death penalty for any repeat felony. Why let rpeat burglars, thieves, and their ilk live? beats me .
on May 11,2013 | 08:39AM
soundofreason wrote:
Agreed. If people can't choose to live within the rules of society - take 'em OUT of society otherwise we're all just waiting to be their next victims.
on May 11,2013 | 08:47AM
hanalei395 wrote:
First time kidnappers, burglars, carjackers, arsonists... should be put to sleep. Looters in a disaster (EXCEPT the ones who are ONLY stealing food) ...shot on the spot.
on May 11,2013 | 10:41AM
false wrote:
The Arabs have the right idea. Convicted thieves are subject to arm amputations in a public square.
on May 11,2013 | 05:11PM
tasod wrote:
I have nothing but disdain for the folks that steal or vandalize our public infrastructure. It seems to be the culture of "what is mine is mine and what is yours is also mine." The law and judges seem so lax in these problems.
on May 11,2013 | 08:38AM
livinginhawaii wrote:
Ho about posting a picture of Gregg Humel?
on May 11,2013 | 11:29AM
nitpikker wrote:
lock him up AND take ALL his property too!!!
on May 11,2013 | 05:18PM
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