Solar panels stolen from cenotaph

Members of the community were shocked and disheartened to find that the solar panels, battery and controls had been stolen from Waiuku cenotaph.

On Sunday 12 November, those who were preparing to pay their respects for Armistice Day came across the theft, which is believed to have occurred sometime over the weekend.

“The stainless control box had been forced open and both locks were damaged. The battery, solar controls and wiring were all gone, plus, both solar panels and the mounting frame were stolen. The cables have been cut off just above ground level, however, all three LED spotlights are still in place,” said Barry Gibbons, Chairman of the West Franklin Community Trust.

“It is just really disappointing. These were paid for from the profits of the 100 years WW1 events in 2014 and installed by Waiuku RSA and the West Franklin Community Trust.”

Barry explained that the lighting had been installed over a year ago, and that this was the first incident of damage and theft at cenotaph for many years.

“It is a pretty miserable theft, especially in the lead up to Armistice Day, which has real and significant meaning to our RSA and community members.”

The theft has been lodged with Police, and Barry said they are currently gathering more information for the Police and for insurance purposes.

Waiuku Sergeant Graeme Wood described the theft as ‘appalling.’

“To steal from the cenotaph is totally disrespectful. We are the society that we tolerate, and if anyone has any information needs to contact Police straight away by either calling the station on 09-236 502, or Crimestoppers 0800 555 111.”

Earlier photographs show the cenotaph lit up at Anzac Day. Now, it is shrouded in darkness after the solar panels were stolen.

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One response to “Solar panels stolen from cenotaph”

  1. liz says:

    What can one say this act of vandalism is so heartless .What has happened to our society of youth today or pardon me it could have been an older person who thinks these solar lights belong in their garden my god what is our community becoming?As for the thugs that robbed my local petrol station. I’ve lost count on how many times they have been robbed this year. We truly need to look at the punishment we are handing out .Too precious I say, not tough enough like it was 30 years ago.Police are working damn hard to catch and arrest these villains only to be smacked on the hand by the judge told not to do it again and they walk away with a little home detention if at all lol yes they laugh. Crime is out of control in our country why don’t we look at WHY??
    There is no accountability cant punish them they are too young.They know exactly what they are doing when scarring hell out of people that are in their own business trying to work an honest days work. 14 and 2 x 15 year old where are their parents 4.30 am ??? I say punish them hard. I don’t know where is all this going to end ?? The law is not winning here the thugs are way too many .SCARY

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