A West Point marijuana grow was robbed Friday after a number of unidentified suspects disguised themselves as law enforcement and left with 500 plants, cash and a truck, authorities reported Saturday.
According to a news release from the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to the 22000 block of Highway 26 in West Point at approximately 8:30 p.m. before four victims reported they were robbed. Once there, they were told the robbery occurred at a grow near Skull Flat Road.
The robbery occurred earlier in the day, victims said. The suspects arrived to the property in two vehicles, identifying themselves as law enforcement.
Of the five or six reported suspects, three were armed with guns. One was allegedly wearing a badge, but did not show any other law enforcement markings.
They tied up two of the four victims before robbing the site. Before the suspects left, they took the marijuana, the money and a black Ford F250 with a license plate number 8D04533.
Prior to the robbery, the suspects arrived to the site in a silver sport utility and a red truck.
An investigation into the incident is ongoing. Anyone with information regarding the alleged robbery is urged to call and ask for a deputy at (209) 754-6500 or phone the anonymous tip line at (209) 754-6030.
Deputies with the sheriff’s office have identifiable badges and shoulder pads, the release said. Those assigned to plain clothing assignments carry their department issued badge and identification card.
Those concerned with the credibility of an officer can ask to see a department issued identification card or can call 911 to ensure the subject is a sheriff or peace officer from a different department.