SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – Amid rising electrical energy payments and photo voltaic demand, a video captured a person eradicating photo voltaic panels from the facet of a Rolando dwelling.
Two giant photo voltaic panels disappeared from the facet of Dilenna Coon’s dwelling on Faculty Avenue. Coon and her husband observed it whereas they have been driving from their home.
“I checked out him, and he regarded like he wished to scream,” Coon stated.
Surveillance video reveals how they disappeared, simply earlier than 8 a.m. Saturday, a white van drove by, parked, and a person received out and checked the realm. He drove and after some time, he got here again.
He walked across the facet of the home, earlier than rising with a big photo voltaic panel, which he maneuvered into the again of the van, one of many two panels he recorded being eliminated. The lacking photo voltaic panels measured about 6 and a half ft tall by 3 and a half ft huge.
“Simply that feeling of trespass that somebody got here onto our property and took one thing,” Coon stated.
Coon’s husband, who owns the photo voltaic firm, Caliber Vitality Options, stated the panels, which value about $500, have been slated for an upcoming residential undertaking.
“I feel it is a low, low factor to do, to remove folks’s livelihood. My husband’s enterprise offers for our household,” stated Coon.
About six months later, Coon stated they found a unique man, in a unique automotive exterior their dwelling. Her husband managed to scare her off, however not earlier than he drove off with three panels.
This isn’t the primary time now we have seen such theft. In 2017, ABC 10News reported on thieves destroying panels on an Alpine array.
It stays a uncommon crime, however with electrical energy payments rising, together with the demand for photo voltaic, will panels turn into a extra fascinating goal for thieves?
“He actually is aware of what he is doing. I do not assume he’ll cease,” Coon stated.
A San Diego Police spokesperson stated they haven’t heard of every other related instances. Anybody with data on the case can name San Diego Police at 619-531-2000.