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Solar panels stolen from Carbondale rec center

CARBONDALE, Colorado ” Officials hope to get to the bottom of a roof-top caper at the Carbondale Recreation Center.

During routine maintenance on top of the climbing wall on Wednesday night, an employee discovered some of the solar panels were missing off the roof.

According to a press release from the town of Carbondale, 30 of the photovoltaic panels at the recreation center had been stolen. The panels are valued at $1,000 each making this a $30,000 crime.

Carbondale Police Chief Gene Schilling said they are following up on various leads, but they have no suspects at this time. “The community feels violated by this crime. Carbondale citizens are very upset, and they want to see justice prevail with the arrest of the thieves,” he said.

This is a very unusual case. Rockwell International, the firm that finances the installation of solar systems nationwide, said this is the first time they’ve heard of panels being stolen after they were installed. They are sometimes taken off trucks or pallets, but never after they are installed.

The Victim’s Assistance Board authorized a $1,000 reward from its fund for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for the theft.

If you have any information regarding this crime, call the Police Department at 963-2662.

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