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Police investigate theft of photovoltaic system from Puna park

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 01:39 p.m. HST, Apr 30, 2013

Hawaii County police are investigating the theft of a solar photovoltaic system valued at more than $5,000 from MacKenzie State Park in Puna.

Police said the theft occurred between April 26 and April 28. 

After climbing onto the roof of the park’s new bathrooms and removing the solar panels, thieves cut a heavy duty chain-link fence, gaining access to the control box and a water pump. 

Police ask that anyone who may have witnessed the incident or who may have information on the identity of the person or persons responsible to call officer Joseph Passmore at (808) 965-2716. 

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at (808) 961-8300 in Hilo or (808) 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. 

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hikine wrote:
Someone knew what they were doing.
on April 30,2013 | 12:07PM
OldEnoughToRemember wrote:
Time for the state to invest in these... http://www.adn.com/2012/06/25/2519654/juneau-trash-cams-catch-litterbugs.html
on April 30,2013 | 01:35PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
Wow... I guess the county will have to think twice about installing more PV at their parks. People in Puna will steal even the stuff that's bolted down to a roof. Unbelievable how far some folks will go.
on April 30,2013 | 08:19PM
awahana wrote:
There is PV technology that exists that mitigate this, and provide more power output, and costs less then Enphase.
on April 30,2013 | 08:33PM
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