Crooks burglarize Phoenix solar company, dump trailer

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One of the box trailers stolen from a Phoenix solar company. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) One of the box trailers stolen from a Phoenix solar company. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

Thousands of dollars worth of solar panels were stolen from a small business in Phoenix. 

"Initially, I was angry, but being angry doesn't help," said SunHarvest Solar owner Brandon Cheshire.

He said it happened sometime between 4 p.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. Wednesday.

"The gate and the lock on the sliding door at the yard had been removed, and when I opened it up, I found two box trailers and a flat bed with an entire load on it were missing," Cheshire said.

That load contained primarily used solar panels. 

So Cheshire called the police, but then Wednesday night, he got a call. One of the box trailers was dumped in a north Phoenix neighborhood. 

"It's difficult to tell what the intent was," Cheshire said. "It seems there was just a few tools taken out, but there are still rolls of copper in there that are very visible."

Cheshire said the total loss is about $16,000. And Cheshire said he is pretty sure this was a team effort. 

"Everything was locked up. There were locks on all the trailers, all of the hitches. So they either have bolt cutters or used power tools to cut through them," Cheshire said.

There's some damage to the trailer, and he said he's going to have to postpone a few jobs. But hopes that with enough eyes on the road, whoever did this will feel some heat. 

"Unfortunately, we live in a world with bad people and desperate people and sometimes things like this happen," Cheshire said.

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