The state is asking for the public’s help after a large stash of copper was seized at a homeless camp off Nimitz Highway Wednesday.
The Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources says it started when an enforcement officer spotted a man and woman near a parked vehicle at Sand Island State Recreation Area at around 10:30 a.m. They appeared to be in possession of stripped copper wire.
When the officer approached them, the man ran off while the woman tried to leave in the vehicle. The officer stopped the woman, issued citations for various traffic offenses, and released her.
Additional officers with DLNR and Honolulu police were called to find the man. They found a suspect matching his description in the homeless encampment near the former paintball field off Nimitz Highway. He was eventually released pending further investigation.
When they canvassed the camp, officers discovered a substantial amount of copper wiring with no known ownership, origin, or status. It’s now in state custody for safekeeping pending further development.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement Oahu Branch at 643-DLNR (3567).