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Man sentenced to 5 years in copper theft case

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 11:29 a.m. HST, Apr 10, 2014

LIHUE >> A 43-year-old Hanapepe man has been sentenced to five years in prison in a copper theft case.

The Garden Island reported that Jon Lopez Ceda was sentenced on Wednesday in 5th Circuit Court for felony second-degree burglary in connection with the 2012 theft at the old Kekaha sugar mill.

Ceda also was sentenced to one year for a misdemeanor charge of possessing burglars' tools. That term will run concurrently with the felony sentence.

Ceda was arrested after witnesses in September 2012 reportedly saw flashlights on at the old Kekaha sugar mill.

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GWakai02 wrote:
Send Oahu's copper thieves to Kauai for trial.
on April 10,2014 | 06:38AM
loquaciousone wrote:
On the Titanic?
on April 10,2014 | 08:04AM
krusha wrote:
They need to throw the book at more of these copper thieves to make them think twice next time they want to commit the same crimes again...
on April 10,2014 | 06:57AM
Imua45 wrote:
Now that's how they should be treating criminals. On Oahu, criminals just get a slap in the face. The harder the punishment, it could help create less crimes. Way to go Kauai
on April 10,2014 | 07:38AM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
Wait, didn't that Freeway Jimmy dude get 10 years for ripping off copper wire from H-1? That's double what this guy got.
on April 10,2014 | 10:55AM
joseph007 wrote:
Yup, Kauai seems to have a judge who's not timid and sentences these guys to some hard time, even if he'll only serve 2 years due to "good behavior".
on April 10,2014 | 07:56AM
2NDC wrote:
Dam chronics!
on April 10,2014 | 08:18AM
nitpikker wrote:
doesn't it make sense that if you have an item that thieves will steal to obtain, that you make it very difficult to redeem? regulate the heck at the recyclers. only for copper. maybe make them wait for their payment till news of theft can be reported.
on April 10,2014 | 08:49AM
808Cindy wrote:
I would like longer jail sentences!!! Like 30 YEARS!
on April 10,2014 | 09:15AM
Cindy, I sentence you to 30 years!. I'll let you go early for good behavior.
on April 10,2014 | 09:42AM
KB wrote:
That theft sentence should be less than freeway copper theft..... by a lot, to make a point ...the message is for thieves and the people who gets the shaft .
on April 10,2014 | 09:38AM
samidunn wrote:
Hope he serves the whole five years, but I doubt it.
on April 10,2014 | 09:53AM
saveparadise wrote:
Hmm, what is burglar's tools? Don't want to be prosecuted walking around with tools of this nature......
on April 10,2014 | 10:33AM
cojef wrote:
You and me both, what is burglar's tools. Any tradesman has some kind of tools of trade in his truck, so what differentiate it as burglar tools and not for business purposes??
on April 10,2014 | 11:30AM
RetiredWorking wrote:
cojef, standard burglar's tools are lock picks and universal keys. As a teen, one of my friends had a set of those keys. Man, he could open almost any lock?
on April 10,2014 | 09:37PM
sailfish1 wrote:
Ask the salesman at SEARS where they have their burglar's tools. Hahahaha! Yeah I was wondering about that too.
on April 10,2014 | 11:56AM
entrkn wrote:
no probation
on April 10,2014 | 11:59AM
whs1966 wrote:
Wow! This guy gets 5 years for copper theft and Jimmy Pfleuger makes a deal for 5 years probation for killing people and leaving an area devastated. The thief should have hired a better defense attorney.
on April 10,2014 | 12:46PM
silvangold wrote:
YAY....Kauai judges are good.............agree with GWakai02......lets send all criminals who steal copper to Kauai !!! this island don't do nothing but see them in court again and again.......and still don't do nothing.
on April 11,2014 | 10:08AM
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