Solar PV system stolen from Puna park

Value of items stolen, damaged more than $5,000

Published  10:29 AM HST Apr 30, 2013
HILO, Hawaii -

Big Island police are investigating the theft of a solar photovoltaic system from MacKenzie State Park in Puna sometime between April 26 and April 28.

One or more persons apparently climbed onto the roof of the park's new bathrooms and removed the panels and then cut a heavy duty chain link fence, gaining access to the control box and a water pump.  Total value of the items stolen and damaged was more than $5,000.

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

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

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