Two Grass Valley men were arrested Thursday in connection with the alleged theft of multiple marijuana plants from a residence on Indian Springs Road.
Jesse Allen Eaton, 33, of Grass Valley, and Eric Roland Meyer, 43, of Grass Valley, were arrested Friday morning and charged with grand theft and criminal conspiracy, each felony counts, said Nevada County Sheriff Keith Royal.
At 10:45 p.m., Nevada County Sheriff’s Office deputies received a call that two males were attempting to steal marijuana plants from the residence.
Deputies later located an unoccupied vehicle parked along Indian Springs Road containing a “large amount” of freshly cut marijuana, said Sheriff Keith Royal.
The deputies repaired to the victim’s house to receive the crime report. Later, at 2 a.m. Friday, detectives from the Nevada County Narcotics Task Force arrived on scene to further investigate.
Detectives located Meyer walking down the street in a camouflage outfit in the middle of the night, Royal said.
“It is strange to see somebody dressed like that along the road,” Royal said.
Further investigation led detectives to a house on Broken Oakes Court, where Eaton was reportedly located.
Both men were booked into Nevada County Jail on $10,000 bail.
The victim of the theft had his marijuana plants returned to him, Royal said. He was unaware he had been burglarized until deputies alerted him to the crime.
The grower was out of compliance with the recently enacted medical marijuana ordinance and the NCSO will be working with him to bring his operation into compliance, Royal said.
As harvest and trimming season arrive, pot thefts are likely to increase, Royal said.
“You start to see these patch pirates coming in,” he said. “I think we’ll see rise in the number of incidents.”
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