Police Arrest Alleged Fire Hydrant Thieves

Published: May. 18, 2006 at 10:56 PM HST|Updated: May. 18, 2006 at 11:24 PM HST
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KALIHI (KHNL) - Just when you thought you heard it all. Honolulu police arrested three people suspected of stealing fire hydrants for their metal parts Thursday.

Officers arrested a 42-year-old man, a 33-year-old woman and a 17-year-old boy, who showed up at a recycling center with three stolen fire hydrants.

"They probably thought it had some brass and copper properties to it," a construction company owner, who didn't want to be identified, said. "But, you know, it's something that's worth over $500, and they probably maybe would have gotten $20."

Lately, we've been hearing about cash-hungry thieves snatching toilet valves and even rain gutters from public parks. But fire hydrants?

"I hate to assume, but it's probably for drug consumption," the company owner said. "And we just really need to work on that. It's sad that it's getting to such a desperate state."

The construction company owner says the hydrants were stolen from her firm's job site just a short time earlier.

"We had gotten a report that somebody had been found tossing fire hydrants over the fence, or getting them over the fence," she said.

For obvious reasons, we're not going to tell you where this gold mine for crooks is located. Police say the suspects appeared to be in the process of dismantling the hydrants.

"Luckily, the police were able to find it and recover it for us," the owner said.

Officers arrested the suspects for investigation of detaining stolen property. They're being held at the Kalihi police station.