Burglary Investigation Reveals San Francisco SoMa Marijuana Grow House

Starbucks cards weren't enough to keep a pot grower's neighbors from calling police.

By Chris Roberts
|  Tuesday, Feb 19, 2013  |  Updated 1:50 PM PDT
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They weren't burglars. Merely pot growers.

Four people were arrested Feb. 12 in the 100 block of Stillman Street in San Francisco after a neighbor, observing them depart a warehouse used for growing marijuana, phoned police to report a burglary, according to the San Francisco Examiner.

The grower, a man with an "Audi and a cheap suit," according to the newspaper, reportedly made a habit of handing out Starbucks gift cards to his neighbors on the street between Second and Fourth streets near Interstate 80, according to the newspaper.

But he still was suspected as a thief when police responded to the burglary call and pulled over his vehicle. The car reeked of cannabis, the newspaper reported, and police found marijuana as well as guns in the car.

One of the suspects had a key that fit the door of a warehouse on the block -- and in the warehouse, police found "more than 500 plants and large bags of processed marijuana," according to the newspaper.

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