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Suspected Copper Thief Who Fell to Death Identified

By Minna Sugimoto

HONOLULU (KHNL) - We now know the name of the man who investigators say was killed during his quest for copper. The Honolulu medical examiner says Taily Corpuz of Waipahu died from blunt force injuries after being electrocuted and falling off a utility pole.

It happened at a military construction site off Catlin Drive near the Honolulu International Airport last night. Investigators believe the 54-year-old climbed up to the transformer on the pole to steal copper wire, when he suffered an electrical shock and fell some 40 feet.

"This construction company has done everything that they could," Maj. Kurt Kendro, Honolulu Police Department, said. "They have a fence up. They have random security patrols in the area. But yet, these people are motivated to get that copper for that $2 a pound."

Construction workers told police thieves also have been taking copper from the old homes at the site.

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