Theft of hog trap baffles owner

Larry Saito thought he had a product that nobody would steal — steel-framed pig traps.

That is why the theft of the trap on April 3 from a customer’s property on the Kalihiwai Ridge in Kilauea baffles him.

“It is only a cage. It is really bad when they do stuff like this,” said Saito, owner of Hogbusters, an East Kaua‘i-based, pig-removal business.

Because of the difficulty in moving the cage, Saito surmised three to four people took it away with a trailer.

The cage is 10 feet long, five feet wide and five feet high and weighs between 250 to 300 pounds.

He filed a police report, but has not heard any word of any arrest.

In the meantime, Saito, who owns three other traps as part of a business he started in 2002, just sits and waits.

“It disrupts the service, and because of the theft, I can’t service all my customers” he said.

And people want the service, he said, because they don’t want the nuisance of a pig in their backyards.

Saito removed 160 hogs last year from areas between Koloa and the North shore.

With more people on Kaua‘i, Saito figures business will more than double this year.

Saito has hunted for 48 years and served as a Kaua‘i Police Department Reserve sergeant for 81/2 years.

People with information on the missing cage can call Saito at 822-3305.

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