HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Two men are in Honolulu police custody accused of trying to steal a street lighting pole on Pali Highway Sunday.
Douglas K. Souza, 46, and Ludivico B. Santiago, 44, were arrested on suspicion of second-degree theft, a class C felony punishable by up to five years in prison.
Investigators say an anonymous person reported that two males were cutting up the 30-foot aluminum pole. By the time officers arrived, the suspects had allegedly loaded the pieces onto a pickup truck.
The state Department of Transportation says the light pole was previously knocked down in a car crash and was sitting on the side of the road until crews could return to the scene and make repairs.
DOT spokesperson Dan Meisenzahl says the pole weighed 150 lbs. He says if the suspects wanted to re-sell the aluminum, they would have received about $70.