Solar panel and battery stolen from Fort St. John Community Garden

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Sometime during the afternoon of August 6 2014, a large solar panel and the accompanying charger, which were installed on an even larger tower that the water tank sits on, were discovered missing by a gardener who regularly maintains the garden.

“It breaks my heart because this is a volunteer project that about 15 different groups participate in and nobody gets paid to look after the garden,” Community Garden Coordinator, Michelle LaBoucane said. “All the money that goes into the garden, like for the tanks, solar panels, it’s all done by donations.”

This is going to cause a negative affect to trickle down into the garden, as manually pumping or haling water by hand will be the only option to water the plants for the time being, and as most of the volunteers are children or seniors, the process becomes extremely strenuous to say the least.

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The first time the garden was robbed only dates back to July 30 2014, when 3 smaller solar panel were stolen, which was not reported to police, but LaBoucane guarantees that mistake won’t be made again.

“Every time something is stolen, it just takes away from another non-profit being able to do programs or services,” LaBoucane explained.

If you have any information in regards to the theft of either solar panels or battery, you’re encouraged to contact LaBoucane at 250 263 9209, or the local RCMP detachment at 250 787 8100.

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