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Copper thieves hit H-3 near Halawa Interchange

By Star-Advertiser staff


The state is looking for information on the latest theft of electrical copper wiring from Oahu's highways, this time the H-3 freeway.

Sometime last month, wiring was cut on the Halawa side of the H-3 freeway tunnels near the Halawa Interchange, leaving all emergency call boxes and six traffic-monitoring cameras inoperable, the Department of Transportation said today in a news release.

In addition, fiber optic communications cables controlling electronic message boards on the Halawa side were also cut, and the copper wiring in several conduits were cut but not taken.

The state is asking the public for help in trying to stop future thefts, asking motorists who see suspicious activity to call 911 to report it.

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Sunny wrote:
Sadly even if we catch these idiots they will be out on the street in no time to continue their craft!
on May 1,2012 | 03:17PM
allie wrote:
They are endangering the public with their dangerous, irresponsible actions.
on May 2,2012 | 08:15AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
Wait, this happened sometime last month and only now making the news? How can we help apprehend anyone if the news is old?
on May 1,2012 | 03:18PM
Graham wrote:
Hawaiian Time.
on May 1,2012 | 03:22PM
hanabatadayz wrote:
it actually happened over the weekend..the article is wrong
on May 1,2012 | 05:23PM
Kealii wrote:
Technically, if it happened over the weekend it did happen "last month." Still, the Star-Advertiser Staff could have chosen better wording. But I think we're all used to this sub·par quality of reporting by now.
on May 1,2012 | 07:59PM
Anonymous wrote:
Did they just find out?
on May 1,2012 | 04:19PM
Nalukai wrote:
Ya think they would have put in some security measures by now. State or City, no matter what, never fails incompetent souls, most of them. I feel sorry for the good few who are stereotyped with these foolhardy agencies. To say the least, judges always give these crooks a golden key out da door and back into society with no less than a light tap on the wrist. We all pay, and the unions laugh all the way to the bank.
on May 1,2012 | 04:41PM
solobiker1 wrote:
Nicec to see the Ignorant still have rights must be the unions that give it to them
on May 1,2012 | 06:19PM
Big C wrote:
What! I thought there are camera's all over the H-3. I guess, when they stopped working, the operator must of thought it was "NORMAL" government operations. No need work all the time.
on May 1,2012 | 04:41PM
robokuda001 wrote:
Just 2 weeks ago Dan M. from DOT publicly announced that they would start rewiring of the H2 freeway. Why advertise to the public that more copper is available? As a recycling dealer, we profile customers to avoid buying anything stolen. And by the way, stolen copper does not mean "new" copper. The DOT is at fault for this and we never get any phone calls from them informing us of the theft. We are always the last to know. Why??? We need to investigate and ask our community leaders the right questions.
on May 1,2012 | 04:47PM
hanabatadayz wrote:
copper thefts are happening every week..they don't go to your business..they go to the one on sand island..i think how they get away with it is that they buy the copper but they give the seller a different metal price other than copper
on May 1,2012 | 09:23PM
hanabatadayz wrote:
get after the recyclers..that's why copper theft is happening every day cuz they can get away with it
on May 1,2012 | 05:24PM
robokuda001 wrote:
I'm a recycler and I profile people who sell copper. Are you saying that I am part of the problem? Your ignorance is not appreciated by me if that is what you are implying. You are also not welcome to do business at our place if you think so. The underlying problem is the drug epidemic.
on May 1,2012 | 08:47PM
hanabatadayz wrote:
mr. okuda i know that your family are good people but that other recycler on sand island..i'm sure you know who i'm talking about is the one that is accepting the copper from these homeless guys..the cops need to do something about it
on May 1,2012 | 09:07PM
hanabatadayz wrote:
the community just turns their head because they don't wanna get involved..too much hassle to go to court and testify
on May 1,2012 | 05:58PM
solobiker1 wrote:
Local attitude is the cause of them getting away with steeling the copper. You all know what I mean.
on May 1,2012 | 06:14PM
chariie1 wrote:
good take down those stupid signs
on May 1,2012 | 06:37PM
zhawaii wrote:
I hope they don't use copper wires for the rail mass transit system.
on May 1,2012 | 07:32PM
truelies wrote:
on May 1,2012 | 08:44PM
truelies wrote:
on May 1,2012 | 08:48PM
allie wrote:
true..who is buying the copper? Should not be hard to find out on an island. Geesh
on May 2,2012 | 08:16AM
FLIPTOP2 wrote:
Hey don't ya know, this is the way the state saves on the cost of electricity now that HECO has raised their rates to offset all of us who are going solar. Back in the day it was referred to as "A Communist Plot!" I live in Mililani and H2 is still without lights - gotta be saving thousands on da electric bills, yes?
on May 1,2012 | 08:52PM
hanabatadayz wrote:
your lights will be back on by the summer..contractors are working on it
on May 1,2012 | 09:08PM
swimmy808 wrote:
These people who make the roads unsafe for others need to be fried. It's happened before, maybe it can happen again? Maybe higher penalties for the recycling companies who take in the wire.
on May 1,2012 | 08:53PM
jankenpo wrote:
Ban copper from being turned in for money. Problem solved.
on May 1,2012 | 10:20PM
ejkorvette wrote:
on May 2,2012 | 01:07AM
allie wrote:
That is a given hon.
on May 2,2012 | 08:16AM
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