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Copper wiring stolen from Hawaiian Telcom in Kalaeloa

It is the seventh copper theft in Kalaeloa in two years

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 6:27 p.m. HST, Apr 24, 2014

Hawaiian Telcom on Thursday reported that 300 feet of copper cable were stolen in Kalaeloa near the now closed Barbers Point Naval Air Station.

It was the seventh time in two years that thieves have struck the area.

Thieves sawed through two aerial cables -- one with 400 pairs of copper wire, and the other with 200 pairs -- on Franklin D. Roosevelt Avenue between Tulagi and Forrestal avenues.

The destruction of the cables may have caused a disruption to telephone and internet service, Hawaiian Telcom said in a news release.

Although Barbers Point was shut down in 1999 and has been unoccupied since then, the telephone cables were live and still service customers.

Hawaiian Telcom crews are working to replace the stolen cables, and must "painstakingly splice both the 400-pair and 200-pair sections."

Hawaiian Telcom reported the theft to police, but no suspects have been caught.

Theft of copper is a Class C felony in Hawaii punishable by five years in prison.

The company urges the public to report suspicious activity to police at 911 or by calling Hawaiian Telcom security at 643-7111.

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