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Copper thieves hit Kama‘oa wind farm in Ka‘u


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Mitsubishi 250 kW wind turbines of the Kama'oa Wind Farm in Ka Lae (a.k.a. South Point), Big Island of Hawaii. The wind farm came online in 1987, was decomissioned in 2006. Photo by Rebecca Stanek

Mitsubishi 250 kW wind turbines of the Kama‘oa Wind Farm in Ka Lae (a.k.a. South Point), Big Island of Hawaii. The wind farm came online in 1987, was decomissioned in 2006. Photo by Rebecca Stanek

Big Island police are investigating several thefts of heavy-gauge copper cable from a business in Kaʻū last month.

The multi-weave copper cables stolen from the old South Point wind farm on South Point Road were about 40-feet long and 4- to 6-inches in diameter and covered with black plastic coating. Estimated value of the stolen property is $50,000.

Police ask that anyone who observes suspicious activity at the wind farm or who has any information about the thefts call Officer Dane Shibuya at 939-2520 or the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311. Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

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