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Homeless men charged with stealing copper wire

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 01:14 p.m. HST, Mar 13, 2014

Two homeless men were charged with stealing copper wire in the Nimitz Highway area.

Michael Akau, 34, and Shawn Ogasawara, 36, were charged Wednesday evening with the theft of the copper. Akau’s bail was set at $50,000, and Ogasawara’s at $15,000. Theft of copper is a class C felony with a maximum jail term of five years.

The alleged theft took place at about 11:54 p.m. on Monday.

Honolulu police said patrol officers were sent to the Nimitz area after receiving a “suspicious circumstance-type case.”

Upon arrival, officers observed two men attempting to steal copper wiring and they were arrested.

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joseph007 wrote:
Why bother? They'll just get probation, again.
on March 13,2014 | 08:57AM
NotNasti wrote:
I'm a pretty liberal guy, but copper theft, especially involving the disruption of highway lights, cannot be tolerated. A message must be sent. No probation, no parole. They must serve every single day of that five year sentence.
on March 13,2014 | 08:58AM
bluebowl wrote:
Topic,what to do with the homeless. I boldly suggest having our Military take charge . Those that choose not to stay at shelters shall live in a Military controlled complex.
on March 13,2014 | 09:04AM
false wrote:
The military has it's own problems without having to deal with the homeless, when reports say that 1 in 5 U.S. Army recruits were unstable.
on March 13,2014 | 09:41AM
808Cindy wrote:
They must serve everyday of the 5 year sentence!!!!
on March 13,2014 | 09:14AM
serious wrote:
Agreed, but if they had killed someone while drunk driving they would have gotten 60 days. Is this a great judicial system or what???
on March 13,2014 | 09:56AM
BigIsandLava wrote:
In the Dark
on March 13,2014 | 10:21AM
loquaciousone wrote:
What do you have to say for your self Copperwire?
on March 13,2014 | 09:18AM
saveparadise wrote:
Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose. If you don't value your freedom, then you really have nothing left to lose.
on March 13,2014 | 09:35AM
nitpikker wrote:
i would say to fingerprint everyone that turns in copper but we don't have a "csi" unit that can match up prints, in a reasonable amount of time.
on March 13,2014 | 09:53AM
samidunn wrote:
Give them a home for five years.
on March 13,2014 | 10:23AM
PTF wrote:
At least these homeless theives will have a home now.
on March 13,2014 | 10:50AM
juscasting wrote:
34 and 36 years old and homeless? Society is so pathetic if you're abled body and can't find a JOB nowadays. Concentration camps might be the answer, don't kill em, make them pick up rubbish and cig butts from kaena to Sandys.
on March 13,2014 | 11:49AM
lowtone123 wrote:
This type of theft goes on because some reyclers are buying cheap knowing it may be stolen.
on March 13,2014 | 12:56PM
Solara wrote:
That's very true. Recyclers need to be held accountable as well.
on March 13,2014 | 01:02PM
cojef wrote:
Require scrap dealers to photograph each individual from whom copper product are purchased, if he cannot present evidence that he is valid copper dealer or represents a commercial establishment dealing in copper. This record should be made available to law enforcement when requested. Cumbersome, you bet. It will make it difficult to buy from homeless individuals.
on March 13,2014 | 02:30PM
TrueCloud wrote:
Why not charge/prosecute municipal copper theft as endangering the public's safety (which it is) and stiffening up the penalties? It is sort of a joke right now how apparently easy it is to steal copper from the public.
on March 13,2014 | 02:20PM
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