Home invasion robberies are on the rise, and cops say those suspects are after one specific thing.
âMost of that, this year, has been associated with marijuana,â Sacramento Sheriffâs Lt. R.L. Davis said.
At least a dozen have happened so far this year â" and thatâs not counting the robberies that go unreported by those growing marijuana illegally.
âPeople will find out that these guys have an indoor grow, wait âtil itâs harvest season and go in and rob them at gunpoint,â said Jackie Long, retired commander of the Amador County Drug Task Force.
A resident in a South Sacramento home says they have an agreement with a medical marijuana dispensary to grow cannabis. But they are always fearful of being targeted by robbers.
And cops fear there will be more violence with harvest season at its peak through November.
They believe the closure of many dispensaries has a direct effect on the amount of cultivation thatâs taking place in and around private homes.
âTheyâre looking for other sources and so itâs put this underground , and in doing so, weâve seen a lot more criminal activity and involving the robbery of these places,â Long said.
He believes poorly written laws surrounding medicinal use of marijuana enables doctors to give the go-ahead for card holders to grow mass amounts of weed.
âDoctors can recommend somebody grow up to 99 plants in their home,â Long added. âThereâs no medical need for that.â