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Thieves Target Copper Gutters

Kalani Perreira shows KHNL News 8 reporter Kristine Uyeno where copper gutter was stolen. Kalani Perreira shows KHNL News 8 reporter Kristine Uyeno where copper gutter was stolen.

(KHNL) - Another unusual item has been stolen from an Oahu park.

Thieves have taken parts of a rain gutter from Booth District Park in Pauoa.

"Well when I came in, I noticed the downspout was missing," said Kalani Perreira, a lifeguard at the park's swimming pool.

Perreira said a couple of weeks ago, he discovered that three different sections of the gutter had disappeared.

The rain gutter is copper and park officials believe thieves stole it for cash. In recent weeks, the value of metal has increased. Recycling experts say copper parts are going for $2-$3 a pound.

Although thieves made off with some of the downspouts, many of them are still at the park. And those in the neighborhood fear the thieves may return.

"What I've done is try to bring it to the neighborhood's attention so that everybody can keep an eye out," said Mason Aiona, who's with the Nuuanu/Punchbowl Neighborhood Board.

This is just the latest in a string of unusual stolen items. Last week, thieves stole toilet flush valves from park bathrooms and wire from streetlights along the H-2.

"They're stealing from themselves because what the City and County is going to do is probably order some more and it's going to come out of taxpayers money again," said Aiona.

City officials say they'll replace the stolen parts, but they're not sure what kind of metal they'll use. Residents just hope whoever did this, won't make it a habit.

If you have any information on this crime, you're asked to call police.

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