5-25-21 Police Remind Public of Agricultural Theft Regulations

Hawai’i Police Department
Community Policing Section
Lieutenant William Derr
Phone: 961-2350

Media Release

Due to the increasing reports of agricultural theft on Hawai’i Island, the Hawai’i Police Department would like to remind the public that there are regulations set in place. If you sell any amount of an agricultural commodity that is to be marketed for commercial purposes; or transport agricultural commodities weighing more than 200 pounds or the value is $100.00 or more, an OWNERSHIP AND MOVEMENT CERTIFICATE is required.

Proof of ownership is the first step in establishing a paper trail to help deter agricultural theft.  If an inspector or law enforcement officer has probable cause to believe agricultural commodities are in unlawful possession, the inspector or law enforcement officer may request proof of ownership of the commodities, which could lead to the seizure of agricultural commodities and criminal penalties.

Failure to comply with these requirements could result in criminal offenses to include a class C Felony.  For more information and details on the regulation of farm produce please contact the Hawaii Department of Agriculture. 

Police ask anyone with any information about agricultural thefts to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or Lieutenant William Derr of the Community Policing Section at (808) 961-2350 or via email at william.derr@hawaiicounty.gov.

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