Medicinal pot grower busted for stealing power

December 24, 2009 10:15:53 AM PST
Two people who were growing medicinal marijuana in an addition to their home were arrested Tuesday night for stealing $28,000 of electric power from the Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Sebastopol police said Wednesday.

Police Chief Jeff Weaver said Daniel Lee Phillips, 46, and Cherrone Silverman, 42, bypassed PG&E's meter and hooked an electricity line from a pole to the addition where the marijuana was grown at their residence in the 7200 block of Hayden Avenue.

Sebastopol police and the Sonoma County District Attorney's Office went to the residence in September after neighbors complained about the marijuana odor and the number of visitors to the home, Weaver said.

The district attorney's office decided not to prosecute the couple because they were legally growing the medicinal marijuana, about 75 plants, for themselves and six other patients, Weaver said.

Police got an arrest warrant Dec. 17 when it was discovered the couple had bypassed the meter, Weaver said. Police served the warrant Tuesday, Weaver said.

Silverman and Phillips were booked into the Sonoma County jail for theft of utility services. Both posted bail and are scheduled to appear in Sonoma County Court Dec. 28.

Weaver said aside from the theft of power, improperly altering the residential wiring poses a safety risk to the neighborhood.


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