Thieves steal pony club solar panels in Gracemere
DARREN Large couldn't believe his eyes when he saw that six solar panels were missing from the roof of his Gracemere clubhouse.
The six 2.50watt solar panels were stolen between Friday, November 14 and Sunday, November 16.
Darren, President of the Gracemere Hack and Pony Club, said he found the gate to the property open on Monday morning and realised the solar panels were missing from the roof.
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"I called the police straight away," he said.
"To think there are people who have deliberately taken this equipment is unbelievable and what these people don't realise is that they've stolen from kids."
The panels, which cost about $12,000, were funded by the club two years ago so the club didn't have to keep paying an electricity bill they couldn't afford.
"The club is very upset about the whole thing because we are only a small club of 80 members who operate purely on fundraising, we don't have the money to replace these types of things," Darren said.
Officer in charge of Rockhampton Property Crime Unit Sergeant Marion Calis said the police are investigating the incident.
"If anyone in the area saw any suspicious vehicles from Friday evening after 3pm until about Sunday afternoon around 5pm, please come forward," Sgt Calis said.
"It's a low act to do this to an organisation that is heavily supported on fundraising.
"We have got some leads that we're running with however we're still appealing for information."