KHON2 News reported the theft of purebred Boer goats from Kahuku Goat Farm on September 19 or 20, 2013. They are valued at approximately $10,000.
A later news update reported that a Waialua’s George Makaniole was brought into custody on September 24 for allegedly stealing them.
If you have information or knows the whereabouts of any of the goats, please contact the Kahuku Goat Farm at 808-284-0356, or the Honolulu Police Department. Your help is greatly appreciated!
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A friendly legal reminder:
Hawaii Revised Statutes: §708-835.5 Theft of livestock.
(1) A person commits the offense of theft of livestock if the person commits theft by:
(a) Having in the person’s possession a live animal of the bovine, equine, swine, sheep, or goat species, or its carcass or meat, while in or upon premises that the person knowingly entered or remained unlawfully in or upon, and that are fenced or enclosed in a manner designed to exclude intruders; or
(b) Having in the person’s possession a live animal, carcass, or meat in any other location.
(2) Possession of livestock without a livestock ownership and movement certificate, when a certificate is required pursuant to section 142-49, is prima facie evidence that the livestock is or has been stolen.
(3) Theft of livestock is a class C felony.
(4) A person convicted of committing the offense of theft of livestock shall be sentenced in accordance with chapter 706, except that for a first offense the court shall impose a minimum sentence of a fine of at least $1,000 or restitution, whichever is greater.