Two Men Break Into a Benbow Home, Push Aside the Lone Woman Occupant, and Steal 18 Pounds of Marijuana
Around 6:30 p.m. on Friday, December 1, two white male adults driving a dark sedan cut the lock on a gate and entered an unlocked home in the Benbow area, according to the renter of the property and confirmed by the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office.
When the woman housesitting confronted them, she was pushed out of the way. According to the renter, “They had a kitchen knife.” She also said that one man “had on a sweatshirt which had a pocket which looked like it had a pointy object in it which looked like a weapon.”
The renter also said that one of them said to her housesitter about the other, “He can’t pay rent this month, and now he will have Christmas presents for his kids.”
The renter confirmed that the suspects fled with 18 pounds of marijuana–14 pounds of the Cheese strain, one pound of Gelato, and three of Amethyst. “For me as a small farmer that is devastating,” she said.
The housesitter called law enforcement and the woman who was renting said the deputies were very professional and helpful. “They were thorough,” she said.
The renter said that some of her friends told her that they shouldn’t have brought in law enforcement, but, she asked, “What are two single women supposed to do? I don’t want these guys to show back up at my house to try and hurt me.”
She pointed out, “Our community is divided between reaching out to authority and just taking a loss.” But she is glad she did ask for help. Law enforcement “are our allies,” she said. “Deputy J. Prior Really was really helpful and respectful. I commend him…We really have some genuine people in our law enforcement.”
She said that the men told her housesitter, “Don’t call the cops or it is only going to get worse. And they are right it is only going to get worse …for them.”
She added, “[Law enforcement] is more concerned with the victims being exposed to violence, then them growing.”
The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office confirmed they have a person of interest and they are following up leads. If you have any information, please call them at (707) 445-7251.