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Homeless man charged in Sand Island copper theft

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 09:20 a.m. HST, Jun 25, 2013

A 58-year-old homeless man — who has a long list of convictions for car theft, burglary and robbery — has been charged with stealing copper wiring from a state pier on Sand Island.

The preliminary hearing for Ernest R. Gusman III will be held in District Court Thursday afternoon on a charge of stealing more than a pound of copper. Gusman is in custody unable to post $50,000 bail.

Police said the alleged theft occurred on Saturday at 4 Sand Island Access Road.

The suspect was seen by state Department of Land and Natural Resources enforcement officer removing copper from pier 800, which had been condemned on Friday, at Keehi Boat Harbor.

The copper was allegedly taken by Gusman and stored on a boat near pier 800.

Besides the alleged copper theft, the suspect was being held on four contempt warrants. Bail on the bench warrants totaled $4,750.

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allie wrote:
lot more homeless crimes now
on June 25,2013 | 09:54AM
lynnh wrote:
The sad part is, when they tear out that old pier, it just ends up in the landfill... wiring and all. Thatʻs what happened to the piers wiped out by the tsunami. So they condemn it, the guy sees opportunity to salvage some stuff before it goes in the landfill. I hate thieves, especially the ones that steal copper from working equipment, but I am not too sure about this one.
on June 25,2013 | 10:36AM
Jonas wrote:
ship his okole back to where he came from.
on June 25,2013 | 12:20PM
kameleokalani44 wrote:
Well,I guess he solved his homeless problem for 5-10 years
on June 25,2013 | 03:39PM
mikethenovice wrote:
Just turn on the 3 phase, 440 volts power as they steal it.
on June 25,2013 | 05:50PM
mikethenovice wrote:
Homeless in jail equals free shower and three meals a day.
on June 25,2013 | 05:51PM
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