Shoplifters Unwittingly Lead Authorities to their Pot Grow

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SACRAMENTO COUNTY–

Loss prevention employees at an Antelope Walmart are being credited for helping deputies arrest three suspects and take down a marijuana grow house.

The employees approached two of the suspects who had been shoplifing.

“As he attempted to stop them one of the men pulled a Taser on him and threatened him,” said Lisa Bowman, Public Information Officer with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department.

Although the suspect did not hit the officer with the Taser, that simple act heightened what would have been a petty theft misdemeanor to a felony robbery.

“As the two suspects got into their car the loss prevention officer used some quick thinking and was able to get the license plate of the suspect vehicle as it took off,” said Bowman.

While the two suspects vanished, it was not long before sheriff’s deputies traced the plates back to the suspects home where officers found a large grow of marijuana.

“Several people fled from the house over fences and ultimately one of the two suspects from the robbery were apprehended and two suspects in the house were arrested,” said Bowman.

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