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Stolen Carbondale solar panels recovered in Aspen

Scott Condon
Carbondale, CO Colorado

CARBONDALE, Colorado ” Thirty solar panels that were stolen from Carbondale, Colorado’s recreation center last week were recovered Monday morning from a residence at Aspen, according to police.

Carbondale Police Chief Gene Schilling said panels, valued at $30,000, were found loaded on a flat-bed truck that was parked at an Aspen residence. The owner of the truck is a suspect in the case and police were trying Monday to get an arrest warrant signed by a judge.

The panels were stolen from the roof late on the night of Sunday, May 24, or early on Memorial Day, according to Schilling. They were taken from portion of the roof that is hard to see and access, so the loss wasn’t discovered until the following Wednesday. Once word of the heist got out, a Carbondale resident reported witnessing something suspicious. The witness said she spotted a truck owned by someone the witness knew parked outside of the recreation center on the night the panels were apparently stolen. Police in Carbondale and Aspen are familiar with the owner of the truck, Schilling said. Aspen police had an address where the man was staying in Aspen.

Aspen officers checked the residence at about 2 a.m. Monday and spotted the solar panels, Schilling said. A judge signed a search warrant for Carbondale police at about 6 a.m., and the panels were seized. The serial numbers confirmed the recovered panels were the ones installed at the recreation center, according to Schilling.

Police have not named the suspect. “He has not admitted to the theft,” Schilling said. Police hope to take the man into custody Monday.

See Tuesday’s Aspen Times for more details.

scondon@aspentimes.com