On the morning of March 12, police say, a white man in his early to mid 20s kicked in the front door of a Grover Beach apartment, walked in, and then kicked in a bedroom door where according to the police press release a "partially dressed" woman was sleeping.
His apparent target: some eight marijuana plants growing there. According to Sgt. Angelo Limon, the woman scrabbled for her phone and started screaming. After a brief scuffle, the suspect fled empty-handed.
The man, his face covered with a handkerchief, appeared unarmed but was wearing a backpack. Police said the woman then waited a half hour for her boyfriend to arrive before reporting the incident. He was able to produce legal documentation for the marijuana plants.
Grover Police have called the break-in an isolated incident and the first attempted medical marijuana theft reported in the city. Limon said it is unclear how the suspect became aware of the small growing operation.
There was no odor from the plants detectable outside the house, Limon said. He added that both the cultivator and witness said only a handful of people knew about the plants. The witness could not identify the suspect.
"At this point we have no suspect," Limon said.
The case is still under investigation as a burglary, but, according to Limon, it could also be considered an attempted assault because of the scuffle. The suspect was described as a white male, 22 to 25 years old, around 6 feet tall, and weighing 180 to 200 pounds.
At the end of 2006, the city of San Luis Obispo saw a string of medical-marijuana-related burglaries, but police don't believe the Grover Beach case is related.