Stolen Solar Panel

Chino Valley Police Department is asking for assistance in locating the person responsible for stealing a solar panel off our speed sign.

On 08/05/2020 a Town of Chino Valley employee noticed the solar panel was missing from the speed sign located on Mahan Lane near Territorial Elementary School.

Officers responded and saw someone had unbolted the solar panel and cut the wires leading to the sign. The sign will only function until the battery runs out. The Town of Chino Valley will have to purchase a new solar panel or locate the stolen one for it to function again.

These speed signs are funded by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety and is not an item we budget for. The speed signs play an important role in keeping our children safe during school hours and reminding drivers of their speed. This is an important project for our department. We plan on adding speed signs to every school zone in Chino Valley as funding is provided but will need to repair this sign prior to purchasing additional signs.

If you have any information on who may have stolen the solar panel contact dispatch at (928) 771-3260 or if you wish to remain anonymous you may contact Yavapai Silent Witness at (800) 932-3232 or online at

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