Ontarian arrested for stealing potted plants


The man was charged with theft, possession, mischief, night trespassing and breach of the covenant.

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With the traditional cannabis harvest kicking off, it’s no surprise that backyard bandits are working hard to try and steal the labors of many green-thumbed gardeners.


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Indeed, a man with sticky fingers from Chatham, Ontario. is currently facing charges over his successful attempt to steal marijuana plants from an owner’s yard.

The backyard bandit was seen doing his thing shortly after midnight on September 16, prompting the Chatham-Kent Police Department to call the Chatham-Kent Police Department to report the suspicious man.

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Response officers were able to locate the 51-year-old, plant-wielding suspect, also from Chatham, a short distance away, a police statement noted.


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The man was arrested on the spot and later charged with theft, possession, mischief, night trespassing and breach of the covenant, police reported. He was put down for a bail hearing.

In Ontario, the government reports that a person can grow up to four cannabis plants per residence if they are at least 19 years old, if the herb is for personal use, if the raw material was purchased in the Ontario Cannabis Store or an authorized retail store. and, if it is a condo, the lease does not prohibit the practice.

Plants can be grown in backyards and even on balconies, but some provinces, such as British Columbia, require that cannabis plants not be accessible to the public.

Across the country, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association points out that owning a budding or flowering plant in public is verboten.


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People who steal cannabis plants from backyards are nothing new, especially in the fall. Last November, police across the country reported a spike in backyard bandits, including an incident in which two people were caught after taking a single plant in Lindsay, Ont.

The suspects were apprehended and charged with theft under $ 5,000 and possession of property obtained by crime under $ 5,000. The former indictment carries a maximum sentence of two years in prison, reports the law firms of Mark Zinck.

Other Ontario communities that have witnessed cannabis plant thefts over the past two falls – some with success; others not – have occurred in London, Oshawa, Cambridge and Chatham.

There was little or no risk of injury on the most recent flight to Chatham. That was not the case this week in Pueblo, Colorado, however.


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The Pueblo Police Department (PPD) reports that around 2 a.m. Thursday, officers came to a house to investigate a disturbance with gunfire.

The two male residents of the house reported to police that barking dogs woke them up and looking outside they saw an unknown man in the backyard, a PPD Facebook post notes. .

Signaling that the man was attempting to steal their marijuana plant, they confronted the man, kicked him off their property and caught up with him, cornering him at a nearby intersection.

It was then that the cornered man summoned another person, who appeared around the corner and started screaming. “He then lifted his sweatshirt, took a handgun from his belt, pointed it at one of the residents and started shooting,” police reported.

Everyone dispersed from the scene, which, during a police search, revealed 14 9mm shell casings.

The police investigation is continuing and the two suspects have not yet been located.

Recreational cannabis is legal in Colorado, with people 21 and older able to own weed and grow no more than 12 plants per residence, according to Criminal Defense Lawyer.

The whole incident left one patient with no patience responding to the police station with a shake of his head. “Above the marijuana plants ?! Don’t people know that stuff like this is legal now? Wtf ?! People are no longer idiots.


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