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City truck, equipment stolen in Chinatown

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 08:02 a.m. HST, Dec 09, 2013

Honolulu Police Department's auto theft detail is investigating the theft of a city flatbed truck and $71,000 in street cleaning equipment from a Chinatown park last week.

The theft occurred Dec. 1 from Beretania Park where the truck was parked. The truck and the nearly one-year-old power washer was discovered missing Dec. 2.

The city Department of Facility Maintenance is now using an older refurbished power washer to clean the streets in the Chinatown area.

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cojef wrote:
Amazing, an entire flatbed truck with street cleaning equipment. Didn't know there was a market or a fence that will buy that kine of equipment?? Copper, yes, many fences.
on December 9,2013 | 07:20AM
ghstar wrote:
Did they ever recover the ATV stolen from the lifeguard station near Pipeline? How about the goats taken from the North Shore farm?
on December 9,2013 | 07:53AM
mcc wrote:
Where is HPD???
on December 9,2013 | 08:28AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Check out Aala Park. I saw some guys taking a vertical shower.
on December 9,2013 | 08:30AM
konag43 wrote:
why does the city not have a regular secured storage yard to park the truck has the city not learned from all the copper thefts that accure
on December 9,2013 | 08:42AM
bikemom wrote:
They do. The question is why didn't they use it. It's right next to where the truck was parked.
on December 9,2013 | 11:07AM
syhud wrote:
Because this is how the C&C supervisors are. Never thinking outside the box to prevent things like this from occurring.
on December 9,2013 | 02:56PM
inverse wrote:
Inside job? Isn't the procedure for City workers is take the equipment and truck out in the morning in the beginning of the workday, someone stay with the truck while one guy buys lunch and bring it back to work area and then and the end of the work day drive the truck with the cleaning equipment back to a secure City parking yard. Either inside job OR when all the city workers on the crew that used the truck and equipment took their lunch NAP, the trees they were sleeping under were really far from the truck AND they left the keys in the ignition cause keys in the pants pocket would be too uncomfortable when they take their mid day siesta.
on December 9,2013 | 10:25AM
tigerwarrior wrote:
What time of the day--or night--was the truck and equipment stolen? I suspect it happened late at night or during the wee hours of the morning--since the Smith-Beretania corner, where this park is located, is one of the roughest sections of Chinatown (i.e., drug dealing, prostitution). Sometimes it might be difficult to spot suspicious activities--such as someone stealing city property--when suspicious activities occur quite often after dark in Chinatown. The Kukui-River Street area where the 83-year-old homeless individual was killed this past week is another rough area of Chinatown (i.e., drugs, prostitution, gambling).
on December 9,2013 | 12:49PM
alohacharlie wrote:
So it took a week to notify the public of the theft so we can be on the lookout for the truck? Typical!
on December 9,2013 | 12:55PM
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