Copper Thief's Probation Revoked

HONOLULU (KHNL) - He got probation instead of prison, and then committed more crimes. Monday, an Oahu judge dropped the hammer on a convicted copper thief.

Alden Kaupiko asked the judge to keep him on probation in a terroristic threatening case. But last November, while free on probation, prosecutors say the 47-year-old stole copper wire from utility poles at Koko Head Crater. A hazmat team responded when Kaupiko knocked a pole down and broke a transformer.

He told the judge he didn't know he was still on probation at the time.

"I thought I was actually done," he said. "I didn't know that."

"So is that why you thought it was okay to commit new crimes?" Steven Alm, Circuit Court judge, asked.

"No, no, no, I just thought I was done with probation," Kaupiko replied. "I'm sorry about these (new) incidents."

The judge sentenced him to five years in prison for the old case. Kaupiko is also serving six months for the Koko Head incident.