By Anna Buss
Arcadia Police seized about 2,500 live marijuana plants and sophisticated growing equipment to cultivate the crop inside a home in the 2400 block of Louise Avenue Monday.
A witness called police at 8:49 a.m. to report that a neighboring house was on fire. Officers arrived along with the Arcadia Fire Department and found a small roof fire caused by wires. While trying to locate persons inside the home to get them to safety, investigators uncovered 2,489 marijuana plants in different stages of cultivation, along with lights and an irrigation system used for indoor plant growth.
Once the fire was extinguished and the location was safe, officers remained on-scene and contacted members of the Detective Bureau for further investigation. A representative from Southern California Edison was also called in and estimated that anywhere from $16,000 to $20,000 in energy consumption had been stolen during the time of this operation.
Police say no one has been arrested yet in connection with the crime, but investigators are talking with neighbors to gather more information.
Arcadia Police Department Officers and Detectives are asking that anyone with information should call them at (626) 574-5150, or submit crime tips and information via text, phone, or web to LA Regional Crime Stoppers, (800) 222-TIPS (8477).