Police seek leads on stolen radio tower batteries

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Police are seeking help from the public to recover more than a dozen deep-cycle batteries stolen April 7 from a police/fire/medical radio tower in a remote area of Ka‘u.

Officers responded to the tower on April 7 after a radio signal loss. Radio technicians determined 13 large deep-cycle batteries had been removed. The batteries weigh nearly 200 pounds each and are valued at about $300 per battery, for a total value of $3,900.

The tower was offline for roughly 10 hours before power was partially restored. Power was fully restored on April 8.

Anyone who might have information about the theft, location of the batteries or those who might have been in possession of the batteries are asked to call the police department’s nonemergency number at 935-3311 or Crime Stoppers at 961-8300.

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