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Durian Theft in Hilo Hawaii
« on: February 18, 2020, 10:45:34 AM »
https://www.mysanantonio.com/news/crime/article/Hawaii-police-say-thieves-took-1K-worth-of-15061485.php

I did a couple forum searches and didn't seem to find anything related to this February 1 incident.

Crazy.

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Re: Durian Theft in Hilo Hawaii
« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2020, 12:11:26 PM »
one k9 could likely track it anywhere on island, the amount of people with fresh durian has to be very limited over there right?

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Re: Durian Theft in Hilo Hawaii
« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2020, 10:17:21 PM »
Maybe write the words " infected with Coronavirus" on the durian with your name on it.

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Re: Durian Theft in Hilo Hawaii
« Reply #3 on: February 19, 2020, 12:06:04 PM »
Fell flat, total miss, try again next time
Maybe write the words " infected with Coronavirus" on the durian with your name on it.

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Re: Durian Theft in Hilo Hawaii
« Reply #4 on: February 20, 2020, 01:32:08 AM »
Agricultural theft is a big problem in Hawaii and many small farms are robbed on a regular basis. It has been a struggle to get law enforcement to do anything about this problem, and you certainly never hear about it in the national media. So why is this incident receiving so much attention? Well, the folks who were robbed have a little sway over the media, they are the federal government. This was a USDA research station which was robbed. For whatever reason they donít want to mention this in the media coverage.  They grow a lot of other fruit there and as far as I know it all rots on the ground. I guess the durian trees are one thing the employees actually take the time to harvest and sell.  When I was there on a tour last year they said their avocado grove is also a target of thieves and has security cameras all round it. I do not wish to make light of this offense but itís a bit annoying to have so much agricultural theft ignored by the police and the media, except when USDA is the target.
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Re: Durian Theft in Hilo Hawaii
« Reply #5 on: February 20, 2020, 05:00:39 AM »
Article gives no details. Durian sells for $3-4/lb a pound on big island. At $25-60+ per fruit itís really Not surprising at all that people steal it.

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Re: Durian Theft in Hilo Hawaii
« Reply #6 on: February 20, 2020, 06:14:07 AM »
Agricultural theft is a big problem in Hawaii and many small farms are robbed on a regular basis. It has been a struggle to get law enforcement to do anything about this problem, and you certainly never hear about it in the national media. So why is this incident receiving so much attention? Well, the folks who were robbed have a little sway over the media, they are the federal government. This was a USDA research station which was robbed. For whatever reason they donít want to mention this in the media coverage.  They grow a lot of other fruit there and as far as I know it all rots on the ground. I guess the durian trees are one thing the employees actually take the time to harvest and sell.  When I was there on a tour last year they said their avocado grove is also a target of thieves and has security cameras all round it. I do not wish to make light of this offense but itís a bit annoying to have so much agricultural theft ignored by the police and the media, except when USDA is the target.
Ag theft was almost non existent when i first came to Hawaii. It's gotten a lot worse in the last 10 years. The experimental station has always had people sneaking in there, but they only installed security cameras some years ago. A big part of the problem is that the experimental station only has an open house like once every 10 years or so! I think if they were a bit more sharing with the community this would cut down quite a bit on unwanted visitors?
Unfortunately the police only pretend they are doing something about ag thefts, but in fact they do close to nothing. They view it as a very minor problem, and as they told me "have bigger fish to fry"..
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Re: Durian Theft in Hilo Hawaii
« Reply #7 on: February 20, 2020, 08:57:10 AM »
How low can you go to resort to stealing fruit trees?

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Re: Durian Theft in Hilo Hawaii
« Reply #8 on: February 20, 2020, 11:37:49 AM »
Joe - that explains a lot, thanks for clarifying.

Yeah, I know Oscar has talked a lot about ag theft here before, which is why i thought it was odd that the police were involved THIS time....

 

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