Stolen Backhoe Found on Illegal Marijuana Grow
On Wednesday, August 9, the California Highway Patrol’s Northern Division Investigative Services Unit and the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office looking for a stolen Kubota backhoe and trailer from Tehama County served a warrant on County Line Road in Southern Humboldt.
The CHP declined to be interviewed but issued a statement saying they served the warrant “on a large indoor and outdoor marijuana growing operation….Upon serving the search warrant, officers located the stolen Kubota backhoe and trailer and returned them to the owner. No suspects involved in the theft were located on the property and there were no arrests made during the service of the search warrant. The investigation is still on going… .”
According to a neighbor, “[I]n the process, they chased a suspect on foot and with helicopter onto my property. After briefly detaining everyone, they realized nobody on my property was the suspect, they left without any arrest.” He also said that his property is a marijuana grow that is registered and in good standing with Humboldt County.
He added, “I don’t know the neighbors but I have to wonder what kind of idiot steals heavy equipment and stores it on an illegal pot farm?”