Monday, May 15, 2006

4 Arrested in Pot Burglary Attempt

Four men were arrested Friday for investigation of trying to burgle a medical marijuana clinic after someone used a garden hose to climb down from the roof, authorities said.

The men, whose identities were not immediately released, were arrested without incident and did not manage to steal any pot, sheriff's Detective Sylvia Arreseigor said.

A deputy responded to a burglar alarm at The Farmacy medical marijuana dispensary about 5:45 a.m., where he saw someone inside the closed shop and called for backup, Arreseigor said.

The burglar apparently cut open a metal grate on top of the roof and used a garden hose to lower himself down, she said.

Three other men were arrested when deputies stopped a car that tried to drive away from the clinic, the detective said.

Workers at the dispensary could not immediately be reached for comment Friday because the its telephone number was listed as temporarily unavailable.

California voters in 1996 approved marijuana for medical use with a doctor's recommendation.



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