Robbers invade woman’s home, leave with pot |

Robbers invade woman’s home, leave with pot

Nevada County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a robbery on East Bennett Road after three or four men broke into a woman’s home looking for money and marijuana.

The men allegedly tied the woman up at gunpoint before stealing between 12 and 15 pounds of marijuana, Sheriff Keith Royal said.

The woman at first was hesitant to report the attack after she finally freed herself, Royal said. She eventually called police at about 1:30 a.m. Saturday.

The woman, who lives in the 12000 block, was exercising in her living room when the robbers burst in at about 7 p.m. Friday, threw her to the ground and threw a blanket over her head, Royal said.

“They tied her hands and feet and hit her with a rifle,” he said.

The men left after about 45 minutes, and she was able to free herself and seek help at a friend’s house, Royal said.

“She wasn’t seriously injured,” he said.

She described the pot robbers as “African-American,” but she was unable to provide a more detailed description, Royal said. She allegedly told Sheriff’s deputies they might be from Oakland, as she has a connection to a medical marijuana dispensary there.

“She never got a good look at them,” Royal said, adding, “She’s been cooperative.”

Sheriff’s deputies found a concealed room in the victim’s house where she allegedly was growing marijuana, but no charges are expected to be filed against her, Royal said.

The 12 to 15 pounds of marijuana allegedly stolen is “way over the routine amount for medical marijuana, but that’s not our interest in this case,” he said.

This is the second reported home invasion involving the theft of marijuana already this year. A Jan. 2 home invasion robbery in North San Juan left one alleged robber dead, another alleged robber facing a murder charge and the alleged victim facing charges of voluntary and vehicular manslaughter.

Terry Alan McLeod, 51, of Sacramento, and Timothy Daniel Fitzpatrick, 43, of Elk Grove, allegedly robbed Christopher “Tabor” Teachout and three other North San Juan residents at gunpoint, taking marijuana, cash and personal property, then driving off in a pickup.

McLeod and Fitzpatrick allegedly were dressed in police raid gear with badges to impersonate narcotics detectives.

Teachout chased the robbers in a pickup and allegedly rammed their vehicle while McLeod was firing at him. Fitzpatrick, who was driving, died after he crashed his pickup during the chase.

To contact Staff Writer Liz Kellar, e-mail or call (530) 477-4229.￿

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