Marcelo da Luz drove his solar-powered car into New Orleans on Sunday, with a support crew trailing him. But The Times-Picayune reports that after the van was parked in the French Quarter for less than an hour, thieves broke in and stole passports, laptops, credit cards, cash, a digital camera and a portable hard drive – an estimated loss of $10,000. Luz is travelling 15,000 miles in his solar powered car to raise awareness about solar energy. After hearing the story, New Orleanians have already donated $1,000 and a laptop computer to da Luz and his crew.

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