Cedar Rapids man accused of stealing solar panels, attempting to sell them on Facebook

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CEDAR RAPIDS – A Cedar Rapids man on charges of theft after finding stolen solar panels during a traffic incidents in Benton County, police said.

Jonathan A. Callanan, 38, was arrested in Benton County on December 18 after the sheriff’s deputies caught him driving a 2013 brown Chevrolet truck that the Cedar Rapids Police Department said had been stolen from Linn County.

MPs said Callanan towed a black 2014 PJ trailer that was reportedly stolen from Hiawatha.

Callanan was charged with first and second degree theft related to the stolen truck and trailer.

In the trailer, according to Cedar Rapids police, MPs found solar panels that were reportedly stolen by Divine Engineering Inc. in Cedar Rapids.

Police said the company reported that nearly 100 solar panels were stolen between September 2020 and February. The panels, police said, were taken from pallets behind the store at 5440 Sixth St. SW. An electric motor was also reported stolen.

23 of the stolen tablets were found in the trailer that Callanan towed the night he was arrested in Benton County, police said.

Police said investigators learned that Callanan posted the panels on the Facebook marketplace in order to sell them. Some of the solar panel serial numbers displayed in the Facebook Marketplace matched those of the modules stolen from Divine Engineering Inc., police said.

A search warrant was carried out on his home on March 31, police said, and Divine Engineering’s stolen electric motor was recovered, police said.

Callanan is charged with second degree theft for the stolen solar panels and the electric motor. The prison records indicate that he was previously held in Linn County Jail on other charges.

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