Second Sagadahoc County medical marijuana heist reported

September 28th, 2011 by admin Leave a reply »

WOOLWICH — The Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the theft of medical marijuana plants from a Middle Road home.

The burglary marks the second time this month that thieves swiped marijuana being cultivated legally for medical purposes in Sagadahoc County. The Richmond Police Department handled a reported burglary of five large, legally grown medical marijuana plants from a Front Street residence, taken the night of Sept. 9 or morning of Sept. 10.

Chief Deputy Brett Strout said a man legally grows medical marijuana plants on the Woolwich property for himself and one other person. The man reported Saturday at about 8:30 a.m. that three plants between 8 and 10 feet tall had been taken the previous night. 

Strout said investigators found evidence and are pursuing leads to identify the person responsible for stealing the plants. Sgt. Dale Hamilton is the investigating officer.

Individuals now allowed to grow medicinal marijuana under new stipulations of the Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Act have become targets of thieves and a new headache for law enforcement agencies, Strout said.

Sheriff Joel Merry agreed with Strout’s assessment.

“That’s a whole new dimension for law enforcement,” Merry said Monday. “Because in the past, these kinds of incidents generally weren’t reported to us, and the only time that we would find ourselves investigating one of these (cases), is if there had been some kind of home invasion in which weapons were used — a real serious crime. But if it was just a theft (of marijuana) or even an illegal

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