Two North Carolina men are among seven masked suspects accused of tying up and pistol-whipping homeowners in a California neighborhood in search of pot, authorities said.
The home invasions early Monday in the city of Petaluma were in vain, as “none of the residences had anything to do with the cultivation or sales of marijuana,” the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.
The assailants might have been targeting an old marijuana farm outside Petaluma but went to the wrong house and then to others in the middle of the night, the Marin (Calif.) Independent Journal reported. Neighbors had complained about the farm, and it was abandoned several months ago, according to the newspaper.
The suspects likely would have mailed the marijuana back to the East Coast, Sonoma County sheriff’s Sgt. Spencer Crum told the Independent Journal.
The men are accused of kicking in the doors of three homes just beyond the farm. “Thankfully, none of the victims are seriously injured,” the sheriff’s office said.
One of the suspects, 28-year-old Ledarrell Javon Crockett of Winston-Salem, was arrested after