Needles, CA: Deputies arrested a man for theft of utilities and marijuana cultivation.
According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station, at approximately 5:38 p.m. PT on Sunday, June 23rd, 2019, deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department responded to the 800 block of Market Street in Needles, California reference a residential house fire.
The fire department quickly extinguished the fire and located an indoor marijuana grow in the garage of the residence.
The source of the fire was caused by a non-permitted electrical bypass.
The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Marijuana Team responded and removed 338 marijuana plants, chemicals and grow equipment from the residence.
A man, identified by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station as 50 year old Thomas Sanchez from Needles, California was taken into custody for PC 498(D) Theft of Utilities and HS 11358, Cultivation of Marijuana and transported to the Colorado River Station jail for booking.
Sanchez is being held on $25,000 bail, pending a court hearing.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Deputy B. Abell of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station at: 1 (760)326-9200.
Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at: 1-800-78-Crime (27463), or you may leave the information on the We-Tip Hotline at www.wetip.com
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