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Thieves target copper at Big Island park

By Associated Press


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.

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nitpikker wrote:
can't police everywhere. gotta stop 'em where they GOTTA go. at the recyclers. make it as hard as possible to cash in copper.
on June 19,2014 | 08:34AM
Ripoff wrote:
I wonder if they dyed their hair orange and paint themselves black? LoL
on June 19,2014 | 08:47AM
MrMililani wrote:
If they can't sell it, they won't steal it. There are probably only two or three people who buy copper there. Put the "squeeze" on them and the crooks will fall by the wayside. You don't go after the guy stealing it...you go after the guy buying it and re-selling it.
on June 19,2014 | 11:06AM
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