The city’s solar panels were first reported missing in January and a tip led Flagler County sheriff’s detectives to the home of Hunter Watson on South Daytona Avenue in Flagler Beach, according to Flagler County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Paula Priester.
After obtaining a warrant, detectives searched the property and recovered about a dozen 6-foot solar panels, valued at $5,000, and an EZ-GO golf cart that had been reported stolen from a fenced-in construction site on Brookhaven Drive in Palm Coast, along with two large spools of wire, according to the arrest report.
Watson was charged with two counts of grand theft, burglary and trespass on a construction site. He was transported to the Flagler County Detention Facility where his bail was set at $40,000.
Sheriff Jim Manfre said the case is ongoing and additional criminal charges are likely.