Hawaiian Cement seeks vandals

Hawaiian Cement seeks vandals
Published: 25 September 2009

Hawaiian Cement officials hope a $5,000 reward will help find out the person or persons responsible who used a Caterpillar front-end loader to "wreak havoc" at the company’s quarry and cement-making plant in Puunene.

"The damage is extensive," said Mike Coad, vice president of Hawaiian Cement. "We’re estimating $3m."

The heavy equipment, which is owned by Hawaiian Cement, was used to knock over large vehicles, punch holes in buildings and attempt to knock over the plant’s motor control center, which supplies power to the facility, Coad said.

The vandalism led to a fire that caused further damage, he said.

Coad estimated that it might have taken 30 to 45 minutes for the vandals to inflict the damage.

"You wonder what would drive a person to do this," he said.

Cleanup work at the Puunene facility continues, Coad said, and some workers have been reassigned to a second quarry in Waikapu.

Source: Haiwan News