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Copper thieves target Hawaiian Telcom for the second time this month

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KALAELOA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Copper thieves have targeted Hawaiian Telcom for the second time this month, this time potentially causing telephone and internet service disruption to more than 200 customers in the Kalaeloa area. Thieves managed steal about 300 feet of copper cable by sawing through two aerial cables -- a 400 and 200 pair -- on Franklin D. Roosevelt Avenue, between Tulagi and Forrestal Avenues.

Hawaiian Telcom crews are currently working to replace the stolen cables, which requires transporting and placing two replacement cables, and splicing both the 400 and 200-pair sections. The company expects the work to be completed by this weekend.

This incident was the seventh time thieves have stolen copper cable from Hawaiian Telcom's Kalaeloa location over the past two years. The area has been relatively unoccupied since the Barbers Point Naval Air Station closed in the late 90s. The last copper theft targeting Hawaiian Telcom happened on April 15, when thieves stole about 50 feet of copper cable in an underground manhole in the Moanalua Gardens area. 

The Honolulu Police Department is currently investigating the situation. 

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