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$50,000 in marijuana stolen from home; owner asks police to investigate

February 11, 2011 |  7:15 am

For this crime victim, calling the police was definitely a brave move.

Newport Beach police are investigating a man who claims the 25 pounds of marijuana stolen from his home over the weekend were legally grown. Authorities would not identify the man because, at this point, he's considered the victim of a residential burglary.

At about 4:40 p.m. Sunday, a resident in the 20000 block of Spruce Avenue in Santa Ana Heights called police saying he was witnessing two men breaking into a neighbor's home. The men used a hammer to break the glass on the front door and get inside, said Sgt. Steve Burdette.

The homeowner said boxes packed with marijuana worth about $50,000 were taken, Burdette said. The homeowner told police he has a permit that allows him to grow marijuana. Newport Beach does not have any kind of license or permit that allows people to grow marijuana, said City Atty. David Hunt.

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