Indoor marijuana cultivation theft of utilities in eastvale 

Indoor Marijuana Cultivation / Theft of UtilitiesPost Date:09/07/2017 7:58 AM

Type of Incident:
Indoor Marijuana Cultivation / Theft of Utilities
Date Written:
September 6, 2017
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Date of Incident:

September 6, 2017

Location of Incident:

12000 Block of Columbia, Eastvale

Reporting Officer:

Sergeant Donovan Brooks

File Number:



On September 6, 2017, at 3:00 PM, patrol deputies assigned to the city of Eastvale were dispatched to a residence in the 12000 block of Columbia, Eastvale, regarding a possible possession of stolen property investigation. While at the residence, they located evidence of an illegal, indoor marijuana grow. The Eastvale Special Enforcement Team was notified and a search warrant was granted for the location. Members of the Jurupa Valley Station’s Special Enforcement Team, served the search warrant around 7:20 PM. Evidence of illegal marijuana cultivation along with an electrical bypass to steal electricity were located inside of the residence. There were no persons at the location during the investigation. Over 1600 marijuana plants were located inside the residence. The investigation is on-going. Anyone with further information regarding this case is urged to contact Deputy Kiley Hansen at the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station, (951) 955-2600.
Tips for Spotting a Marijuana Grow House
The Eastvale Police Department’s Special Enforcement Team has partnered with the City of Eastvale’s Code Enforcement to combat the recent trend of residential indoor marijuana grow operations. This type of operation usually starts when a rental home is converted in the interior area by covering most or all of the windows. The subjects then make room-by-room conversions throughout the house by bypassing the electrical meter, installing additional electrical wiring, outlets, circuit-breaker panels, commercial grade lighting and air conditioning units. These conversions are extremely hazardous and pose a serious fire risk, not only to the home, but the surrounding homes as well.
Some of the tell-tales signs of marijuana grow houses are:
All windows are covered from the interior by newspaper or other materials.

Lights and televisions on timers.

Subjects moving in commercial grade electrical equipment during the late night or early morning hours.

No signs of normal residential occupation.

The smell of marijuana emitting from the home.

Can you see wires leading up to the power line before the meter?

Do people come and go at odd hours or do they never seem to be there?

Are they accumulating the kind of trash a real resident would?

Do strange cars pull up outside at night?

Is anybody taking care of the landscaping?

The sound of the air conditioner running at all the times.

To report a suspected marijuana grow house, please contact the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department’s dispatch center at (951)776-1099 or submit a tip using the Sheriff’s CrimeTips online form. Please note that the CrimeTips form is not monitored 24 hours a day and should NOT be used to report crimes in progress or other suspicious activity that requires an immediate law enforcement response.

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