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Arrests yet to be made in theft of solar panels from Carbondale rec center

John Gardner
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

CARBONDALE, Colorado – No arrests have been made in the Carbondale solar panel caper.

According to Police Chief Gene Schilling the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office requested more information before they would approve an arrest warrant for a suspect whose flat-bed truck was discovered on June 1 with the 30 stolen solar panels strapped to them.

No name has been released in the case.

“We need more information before the DA’s Office is willing to go forward with the warrant,” Schilling said.

Schilling said that police are still working the case. However, at this point it’s sort of a wait and see what information presents itself before police can proceed with the case.

“It’s come to a standstill at this point,” Schilling said.

Some 30 photovoltaic solar panels were stolen from the roof of the Carbondale Community Center sometime during the night of May 24 or early morning of May 25. The panels were taken from among 288 installed on the recreation center roof and are valued at about $30,000.

The panels were discovered missing three days after they were taken, by an employee of the facility who was doing routine maintenance on the climbing wall and noticed that some of the panels were gone.

Police located the stolen panels strapped to a flat-bed truck in front of an Aspen residence. The panels were recovered and all but one were reinstalled at the Community Center shortly after, according to Schilling.

Police have not released the suspect’s name and Schilling would not speculate on if or when an arrest warrant could be obtained.

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