Three armed men wearing masks broke into a Parkland house early Thursday and held up a man and woman who lived in the house and operated a medical marijuana grow operation.
The two were not hurt, Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.
The robbery was the third home invasion reported this week in Pierce County. The other two were in Tacoma and occurred Monday night and early Wednesday. Authorities said they were unsure whether the robberies were connected.
In Thursday’s incident, three men wearing bandannas over their faces kicked in the front door of the house in the 1400 block of Violet Meadows Street South about 12:50 a.m., Troyer said.
The three were looking for money and a safe but didn’t find any, he said. They left after they trimmed and clipped buds off some of the 51 marijuana plants growing inside the residence.
The trio was described as two black men and one white man, all about 25 and between 5 foot 8 and 6 feet.
Deputies were called and the growers – a 32-year-old man and a 22-year-old woman – showed them their authorization to grow marijuana for medical use, Troyer said.
The deputies confiscated all but 15 of the 51 pot plants. The state Department of Health allows growers to have up to 15 plants and 24 ounces of dried marijuana at one time for medical use.