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UPDATED: Burglary call leads to marijuana grow at University Place house, animal control officer arrested for allegedly taking cash from scene

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on Aug. 9, 2012 at 12:17 pm |
August 9, 2012 10:24 pm

UPDATE: A University Place animal control officer was arrested Thursday after deputies found about $1,400 in his truck from the scene of the marijuana-grow operation officials were investigating, Troyer said.

Among those who responded to the scene were two University Place animal control officers, Troyer said.  He did not know which animals at the scene required their services.

Deputies noticed that the cash initially found at the secured scene had disappeared, and after investigating, they found the money in the animal control officers’ truck Wednesday.

“When we went there (Wednesday) night, we knew there was evidence in the house and we secured it,” Troyer said. “We did an investigation that eventually led us to the animal control officer. … They  (the control officers) both denied it.”The 28-year-old officer arrested was booked into jail for charges of theft in the second degree, tampering with physical evidence and criminal conduct in the third degree.

All of the money was recovered.

Troyer said the extent to which the other officer was involved has yet to be determined.

“Neither of them are working,” he said.

University Place officials were referring questions to the city attorney, who was not available Thursday night, Mayor Ken Grassi said.

The city employs only those two animal control officers, and Troyer said they are uniformed and carry weapons.

Pierce County animal control has taken over in University Place until the situation is resolved, he said.

Authorities dismantled the grow operation, which included reflective sheeting, fans and a grow shield, Troyer said.

The woman in her mid-40s who lived at the house was not arrested, but deputies are sending reports of their investigation to the prosecutor, Troyer said. The alleged burglars who were arrested are both 18.

 

INITIAL POST: Pierce County sheriff’s deputies investigating a burglary at a University Place house Wednesday found a marijuana grow inside, spokesman Ed Troyer said today.

Deputies were called about 11 a.m. to the 7800 block of 35th Street West after neighbors called to report seeing two men breaking into the home.

While investigating the burglary, deputies discovered 90 pot plants growing inside the house.

The alleged burglars and a woman who lived there were arrested.

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