Police arrest suspect for arson in connection with large fire on surfboard racks in Waikiki


WAIKIKI (HawaiiNewsNow) – Honolulu Police have arrested the man who they say set racks of surfboards on fire in Waikiki over the weekend, causing more than $ 650,000 in damage.

And HPD sources confirm it’s not the first time he’s been charged with arson.

Undercover officers arrested Glenn Helton on Tuesday morning a few blocks from the crime scene at Princess Kaiulani Triangle Park.

Police sources provided HNN with footage from a surveillance camera showing the 48-year-old at the surf racks on Sunday.

Police have not officially said what the video shows.

Sources also confirm that Helton appeared to be wearing the same clothes on October 9 when he was recorded starting another fire inside a trash can.

This fire caused damage to an apartment complex on Lewers Street.

Those who witnessed Sunday’s fire were happy to learn of the arrest.

“I think it brings a lot of peace to a lot of people,” said Chad Williams, the beach boy from Dive Oahu.

But many remain perplexed by the suspected actions of the suspect.

“This is insane. You know some of this advice was advice from local grandparents. You know a lot of history, ”Williams said.

Sadie Grodinsky added, “I’m glad they grabbed the person.”

Nearly 600 planks burned in Sunday’s fire as neighboring businesses suffered hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage.

This is the second time in less than two years that the surf racks have been set on fire.

Jill Hansen works next door at San Lorenzo Waikiki. “I hope it never happens again,” she said.

Charges against Helton are pending.

He is the second person arrested in connection with this case. A 43-year-old man taken into police custody immediately after the fire was later released.

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