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Gunfire erupts as man tries to steal pot plants near Sacramento

October 8, 2012 | 10:57 am


A 26-year-old Sacramento County man was arrested after allegedly shooting at a would-be thief who tried to steal marijuana plants from his yard.

Miguel Granados had a sign on the lawn of his home in North Highlands that read: "No trespassing, armed, you will be shot," according to Fox40 in Sacramento.

Across the street, neighbor Maria Vidican said she heard "pop, pop, pop, pop, really loud" Saturday morning.

"I was the first one that heard the gunshots," said her niece Rebeca Aldea.

Vidican and Aldea peeked through their living room blinds.

"I was terrified," Aldea said.

Police told Fox40 they believe a man tried to steal pot plants out of Granados' backyard. The plants reportedly were visible from the street.

Granados yelled at the trespasser, "I'm gonna shoot you, I'm gonna shoot you," said neighbor Ted Pangel.

The intruder ran down the block as the two fired shots  at each other.

Granados was arrested on two felonies, one for negligent discharge of a firearm and a second for child endangerment.


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