Police seek info on theft of 13 batteries from radio tower

  • Big Island police are requesting the public’s assistance in locating more than a dozen deep-cycle batteries with an estimated value of $3,900 that were removed from a radio tower in a remote area of Kaʻu during the first week of April. An example of a deep-cycle battery is pictured.

Big Island police are requesting the public’s assistance in locating more than a dozen deep-cycle batteries with an estimated value of $3,900 that were removed from a radio tower in a remote area of Kaʻu during the first week of April.

The tower is part of a communications network that provides essential communication for emergency responders.

On April 7, Kaʻu patrol officers responded to the radio tower after a loss of radio signal was detected. Upon their arrival, radio technicians determined that 13 large deep-cycle batteries had been removed, according to the Hawaii Police Department. The batteries weigh nearly 200 pounds each and are valued around $300 per battery. The tower was offline for roughly 10 hours before power was temporarily restored with full power restored on April 8.

Detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigation Section assigned to this theft followed up on tips from the public and were able to determine that shortly after the incident the batteries were being sold or distributed in the Kaʻu area. Detectives have been following up on leads regarding who may be responsible for either the theft or have possession of the stolen batteries.

Anyone who may have information on the theft, location of the batteries, or those that may have been in possession of the batteries is encouraged to contact Detective Donovan Kohara at (808) 326-4646, ext. 238, or via email at donovan.kohara@hawaiicounty.gov. They may also contact the department’s nonemergency number at (808) 935-3311.

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