A spokeswoman for the White Mountain National Forest says over $10,000 worth of solar panels and related components have been taken from campground and recreation sites in New Hampshire.
Tiffany Benna says thefts along the Kancamagus Highway have included eight 2-by-4-foot panels, three 12-volt electrical panels, charge controllers; inverters and deep cycle batteries. The items were taken between October 2011 and March, the Boston Globe reported.
The solar systems provide electricity for lights and exhaust fans. They also provide water for campgrounds and bathroom facilities at forest recreation sites.
Benna says several incidents of vandalism also have been reported. Some trees have been felled on restroom facilities at trailheads and recreation sites and signs have been damaged by graffiti.