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Solar panels stolen from Hearst Elementary School

Original post made on Jun 24, 2008

Thirty-nine solar panels valued at $31,200 were stolen from Hearst Elementary School over the weekend, according to the school district. Myla Grasso, public information officer for the district, said the school's principal was at the school midday Saturday and noticed panels were on the ground.

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Posted by Julie
a resident of Foothill High School
on Jun 24, 2008 at 11:13 am

It would have to be someone with the equipment and technical expertise to dismantle then reassemble.

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Posted by Concerned dad of two PUSD students
a resident of Harvest Park Middle School
on Jun 24, 2008 at 2:15 pm

I would like to see what plans our police department has to follow up on this. Dusting for fingerprints, extensive interviewing of neighbors, etc. Also, the school district needs to consider 24 hr surveillance via video cameras. Having these in place may have assisted in catching the thieves.

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Posted by Kevin
a resident of Birdland
on Jun 24, 2008 at 7:51 pm

Or we may have also lost the video cameras. Wall mounted cameras were stolen out of the council chambers a couple of years ago.

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Posted by Concerned resident
a resident of Bonde Ranch
on Jun 25, 2008 at 7:54 am

What a shame.. with the economy in the state that it is in right now its gonna get worse I hate to say. I heard about people stealing the gas out of your parked cars around the neighborhoods now so lock up your cars in your garages or buy one of those keyed tank covers.

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Posted by Lloyd
a resident of Downtown
on Jun 25, 2008 at 9:07 am

What were the police doing? Hearst school is almost accross the street. Also this would require a large truck. The pannels are almost 4x6 feet each.

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Jun 28, 2008 at 11:06 am

There was a recent theft of solar panels at Napa College. I have a hunch that this is an inside job. Sad...

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Posted by Solar Company Owner
a resident of Livermore
on Sep 6, 2008 at 11:11 am

I am just so sad to hear this is happening. I am in the solar business and these panels are not cheap. Please if you EVER consider having this kind of work done please please please ask to see a confirmed license and state certificate for the electrical workers that will be doing your job. The people that stole these will resell them as "NEW" on ebay or craigslist. Be aware of who works for you!! For under 1000 more dollars the School could have added security to the panels. With this kind of public job I would have insisted to the school and most jobs of this nature to get the security added to the panels. There are a few different kinds you can get.

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a resident of Danville
on Dec 13, 2009 at 12:54 pm

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Posted by Anson Moran
a resident of another community
on Feb 17, 2011 at 11:15 am

How does a GPS tracker stop the theft before it happens?

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Posted by Anson Moran
a resident of another community
on Feb 17, 2011 at 11:29 am

I'm not sad about, I'm angry. Pleasanton has been robed so many times I've lost track. Nothing has been done to my knowledge to correct the issue where 39 panels (loss of over $31,200) were stolen from Hearst Elementary in 2008.

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Posted by Too easy
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 17, 2011 at 5:38 pm

Surely there are several standard acceptable methods of marking or sensors installed inside the metal framework or something...otherwise the whole concept is really primitive. It seems theft is much too easy, and theft protection should have been built in from day one ! duh ! Were these not bright people who built these panels. Is there a 'rider' added to home insurance policies. I certainly would not want that cost hidden in all policies.......coverage by the rich panel owner would buy for himself. It seems there have been many thefts at business lots where there is covered parking. Need a variety of sensor options. Cameras are too easy to spot. Didn't these have ALARMS wired directly to Pleas POLICE station ! ! As a taxpayer, I will demand that in the future ! ! Is this our brilliant financial managers on the PUSD school board that didn't provided protection or ALARMS ....even simple HORN ALAMS TO WAKE NEIGHBORS AT THE FIRST PANEL ? ? scary ...i'd hate to put more parcel tax $$ in their hands.

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Posted by What a joke
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 20, 2011 at 6:33 am

You ask me, I say it was a friend of a Pleasanton Police Officer who did it. [Portion of post removed due to disrespectful comment or offensive language] Cut all of their pay checks
by 10% and make'em do REAL POLICE WORK, instead of playing with tiddily-winks and So. Cal. toy's.