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NVR: Solar panel heist foiled Two men caught in South County
Wednesday 31 Dec 2008, 06:54
Filed under: Renewable Energy | Tags: ,

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The activity looked suspicious enough that the resident called police with the direction the truck was going and its license plate number.

The Napa County Sheriff’s Department immediately put out a countywide broadcast for all police agencies to be on the lookout for the truck, and searched the Rutherford area. A patrol caught up to the truck at Tower Road and Highway 29, near the American Canyon city limit. Officers found solar panels underneath the tarp.

In a prepared statement, the sheriff’s department identified the two men as Thomas Lee Rivamonte, 50, of Oakley, and Jason Lee Allen, 34, of Antioch. Both were placed under arrest on suspicion of grand theft and possession of stolen property and later booked at Napa County Jail.

Deputies later determined the solar panels were taken from the city of Napa Water Facility on Sage Canyon Road — the second theft at that site in the last two weeks.

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