Big Island Police Investigating Theft of Large Solar Panels from FAA Navigation Facility in Puna

Hawaii County Police Department

Big Island police are investigating the theft of large solar panels from a Federal Aviation Administration navigation facility in Puna.

FAA towers located just north of the Maku'u Farmers Market

The facility is located on Highway 130 just past the 7-mile marker in the vicinity of Makuʻu Farm Lots. It is one of several in Hawaiʻi that send signals to commercial airlines flying in the Pacific Region.

Sometime between September 13 and September 17, unknown persons stole 12 panels and damaged two.

Between September 18 and September 22, the thieves used a vehicle to ram the front gate and remove 10 additional panels.

Police ask that anyone with information about these cases call Officer Matthew Bartz at 965-2716 or the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.

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