Thurston County sheriff’s deputies were investigating a home-invasion robbery that was reported about 1:50 a.m. Sunday in the 15900 block of Case Road in Rochester, Lt. Greg Elwin said.
“It looks like a grandmother was babysitting an 8-year-old and a 3-year-old and two armed males forced their way in the front door, and they took a couple of safes,” he said. “She was tied up and the 8-year-old was told to look away.”
A K-9 unit was unable to track the suspects. Elwin said they likely drove away.
Residents at the home legally operate a business where they grow medical marijuana.
“We believe that because of the nature of the business, the perpetrators targeted this house,” Elwin said.
The grandmother, Brenda Beck, told KOMO-TV that two masked and armed men bound her with duct tape and put her in a utility closet while they ransacked her son-in-law’s house.
“I’ve always been nervous that this was going to happen because it’s happening more and more out there with this medical marijuana-growing thing,” she told the Seattle news station.Lisa Pemberton: 360-754-5433 email@example.com @Lisa_Pemberton