|Marijuana growing operation behind book store|
Police were shocked to find a secret marijuana garden next to a children’s book store, police in Washington said.
The Seattle Police Department said that a break-in at the children’s book store early on Tuesday, led police to the secret garden of illegal marijuana plants.
Around 3:30 a.m., police received a report of an in-progress burglary at the book store in the 1100 block of N.W. 85th Street.
Officers entered the store and found a large hole smashed in a wall. They cautiously climbed through the hole and immediately found themselves standing amid hundreds of marijuana plants.
Investigators believe that a burglar or burglars broke into the storefront, which hosts a non-profit literacy program, and then smashed through one of the store’s walls to get to the illegal grow operation in a commercial space next door.
It appears that the suspects may have stolen one or two marijuana plants, but did not take any books.
Police do not believe the bookstore is involved in the grow operation. Narcotics detectives seized 531 plants from the illegal pot growing operation.