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Maui County Seeks Help to Curb Bus Shelter Vandalism

April 10, 2013, 1:11 PM HST
* Updated April 10, 1:47 PM
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Bus shelter damage, photo courtesy County of Maui.

This photo provided by the County of Maui shows damage to the bus shelter on South Kihei Road/Uwapo Park/Mauka side.

By Maui Now Staff

County officials are asking the public for help in curbing vandalism reported at several bus shelters on Maui.

About $1,000 in damage was reported in South Maui at the South Kihei and Uwapo Park bus shelters on March 27 and 28, officials said.

An additional $400 in damage was reported during two separate incidents at the bus shelter across from Luana Gardens in Kahului late last year, officials said.

According to county authorities, damage in all incidents primarily involved kicking out or bending the metal screen walls.

Bus shelter damage, photo courtesy County of Maui.

More bus shelter vandalism on South Kihei Road/Uwapo Park/Makai side. Photo courtesy County of Maui.

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“These bus shelters are everyone’s property as they are paid for with taxpayer dollars,” said Mayor Alan Arakawa in a press release.

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“Please treat them with respect so that the community can continue to use them for years to come,”Arakawa said, in regard to the new shelters which were just dedicated last year.

The bus stop vandalism is considered criminal property damage.

Based on the amount of damage sustained, violations can be considered either a petty misdemeanor or a class C felony, punishable by up to five years in jail and a $10,000 fine, county officials said.

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***Supporting information courtesy County of Maui.

Bus shelter damage, photo courtesy County of Maui.

Bus shelter damage on Papa Avenue near Luana Gardens in December. Photo courtesy County of Maui.

Bus shelter damage, photo courtesy County of Maui.

Vandalism to the Papa Avenue bus stop in September. Photo courtesy County of Maui.

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