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Waikiki surfboard rack arsonist jailed for 10 years

Waikiki surfboard rack arsonist jailed for 10 years

HONOLULU (KHON2) – The city and county of Honolulu said the arsonist responsible for setting fire to surfboard rack lockers in Waikiki has been sentenced.

Authorities said 48-year-old Glenn A. Helton was sentenced by an Oahu Circuit Court judge to 10 years in prison.

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Arson destroyed about 500 surfboards in October 2021.

Authorities also said that Helton was sentenced to 10 years in prison for an unrelated second-degree robbery charge, as well as five years in prison for an unrelated third-degree arson charge.

According to officials, as part of his plea deal, he pleaded guilty so that he would be allowed to serve the three sentences concurrently.

“Waikiki will be a safer place for Mr. Helton to be off the streets,” said Prosecuting Attorney Steve Elm.

Helton has also been ordered to pay restitution of $414,000 to the City and County of Honolulu since C+C owned and operated Surfboard Rack. This, too, was a part of his plea bargain.

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“The outcome of this case will not reinstate Surfboard Rack, but it does highlight the ongoing efforts by Honolulu police and prosecutors to hold accountable those who committed crimes in Waikiki and elsewhere,” Alm said.

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