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Posted: Thursday, March 7th, 2013 5:44 AM HST

2 charged with stealing from cultural site

By Associated Press

LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) Two men have been charged with stealing rocks and damaging a cultural site on Kauai.

The island's prosecuting attorney says numerous truckloads of rocks with an estimated value of around $6,000 were removed from a historic and cultural site in Poipu. The site is maintained by the Royal Order of Kamehameha I.

Prosecutors say the rocks were taken between late June and early July in 2011, and are believed to have been used to build a rock wall on Roland Sagum III's property. Sagum is charged with theft and turned himself in to authorities. An arrest warrant has been issued for Lealiki Koli, also charged with theft and property damage.

Prosecutors say the site suffered an estimated $7,000 in damage.

Sagum, a former Democratic state representative, will be arraigned Thursday.

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