Over $100K worth of equipment stolen from airport construction site

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HONOLULU (KHON2) — Honolulu police are searching for thieves who got away with over $100,000 in construction equipment.

The equipment was taken from an enclosed construction site at at the Daniel K. Inouye Airport.

The theft began on December 20th at 11 p.m. According to police, unknown suspects(s) entered the 40 acre Mauka Extension Project construction site and proceeded to steal approximately $100K in hand tools and construction equipment over the weekend.

Police say thieves got away with these items:

“In 30 years of construction, I’ve heard of a lot of these incidents,” said Gino Soquena, Hawaii Building and Construction Trades Council executive director. “I’ve heard of equipment – big equipment, getting stolen, batteries getting stolen, [and] equipment getting vandalized.”

He said thefts like this can set companies back on projects and for smaller construction companies, even put them out of business.

“If it’s a smaller company that doesn’t have the cash flow to purchase more equipment, probably could cripple them,” said Soquena.

So far police haven’t released any details on the suspects in this case. However, they are asking the public to keep an eye out.

“We’re just asking for the public, if you know anyone trying to sell this equipment, whether it be on Craigslist, on any social media sites or word of mouth… If you know anything about it, contact us at Crimestoppers,” said Sgt. Chris Kim.

For more information and updates on this case, you can visit the Crimestoppers website here.

Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300. The public can also now send anonymous web tips to www.honolulucrimestoppers.org or via the P3 Tips app.

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