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Police Investigate More Papaya Tree Vandalism

September 27, 2013, 6:26 PM HST
* Updated September 27, 6:27 PM
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Police are investigating the destruction of 100 papaya trees in a field near Kapoho.

The trees measured between 3 and 4 feet in height and were valued at $3,000, police said.

They were cut down between 5:30 p.m. Thursday and 6:30 a.m. today.

The field is located near the 4-mile marker on Highway 132.

Police ask that anyone with information on the case, which has been classified as criminal property damage, call Puna patrol Officer Cala Arnold at 965-2716, or the department’s non-emergency number at 935-3311.

This was the fourth such incident in the past three years. Others included the destruction of 10 acres of papaya trees in August 2011, and of 8,500 trees on 17 acres in June 2010. Both of those incidents also occurred near Kapoho.

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