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Man charged in Sand Island copper theft case

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Prosecutors charged a 29-year-old homeless man Wednesday in connection with the theft of more than a pound of copper from a Sand Island construction site.

Police said Brandon Baniaga was one of two men whom witnesses said took the copper Monday night. Both men fled before officers arrived. Police caught Baniaga on Sand Island Access Road near the entrance to the Keehi Small Boat Harbor.

His bail was  set at $30,000 for copper theft and a drug charge.

Theft of a pound or more of copper is a class C felony that carries a jail sentence of up to five years and maximum fine of $10,000.

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