Thieves stealing solar panels in Alpine neighborhood

Posted at 11:01 PM, Apr 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-21 02:01:21-04

The unusual theft of some mounted, pricey solar panels could point to a surprising motive.

Two days before he closed on a home in Alpine, Michael Heidtbrink found out two men -- captured on video - hopped a fence and grabbed 16 solar panels valued at some $15,000 thousand dollars. The left behind a trail of metal parts.

The big question: Why? In parts of Northern California, some law enforcement believe stolen panels are being used to cut energy costs for illegal marijuana grows.