Stolen Solar Panels Retrieved From Houseboat
Environment Agency blind without them
An operation by the MPS Marine Policing Unit has led to the recovery of what we believe to be five stolen solar panels and the arrest of a man at a houseboat moored on the River Thames in Brentford, Hounslow.
Officers from the MPU, supported by colleagues from Brentford Safer Neighbourhoods Team and the Environment Agency, carried out a rapid entry onto the houseboat at approx 09.00 hrs yesterday (29.7.09). In addition to the panels, worth an estimated £1000 each, police also recovered a unique waterproof generator box, which is specially designed to allow the panels to be used within the marine environment.
A 45 year old man was arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods.
The intelligence led operation was launched after the Environment Agency contacted police about the panels, which we believe had been stolen from a barge in February and March 2009.
Inspector Chris Connelly from the Marine Policing Unit said:
Matt Loewenthal, Senior Environment Monitoring Officer for the Environment Agency said:
July 31, 2009