Thieves snatch solar panel from sign

Police are hoping the public can help them shine a light on the recent theft of a solar panel.

The panel was swiped from a portable digital traffic board belonging to the Municipality of North Cowichan sometime between Jan. 24 and 28. The board was set up at the intersection of Chemainus and Ashcroft roads to warn motorists of potential ice on the Chemainus River Bridge. The missing panel measures two feet by two-and-a-half feet, and is valued at $400.

"Thefts like this cost the taxpayers money, so local Mounties would like to return the solar panel to the municipality," said RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Jon Stuart.

Anyone with information should contact North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP are requesting that at 250-748-5522, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).