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Man held in solar panel thefts

Staff Reports

A Washoe Valley man is in custody in connection with the thefts of nearly 60 solar panels in Douglas County over five months.

Geoffrey Earl Meudt, 40, appeared in East Fork Justice Court on Wednesday after he was arrested Tuesday in Washoe Valley.

Meudt, a former Gardnerville resident, is being held on $20,000 bail at Douglas County jail.

The panels, worth more than $100,000, were taken from two churches, Western Nevada College and two homes between Nov. 11, 2013, and April 29, 2014.

In a Wellington theft of a dozen panels and some controllers, a neighbor followed a pickup matching Meudt's.

According to court documents, the break in the case occurred when investigators contacted a man who purchased some of the solar panels, who identified Meudt as the man who sold them.

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The witness said Meudt told him he was an electrician doing a remodel and said he had panels to sell. He paid $3,110 for the panels.

Meudt told East Fork Justice Tom Perkins he was unemployed. Perkins appointed attorney Kris Brown to represent him. Perkins set a June 5 hearing date.

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