The intruders were allegedly trying to steal marijuana that the homeowner was growing:
Lt. Gary Trupe, coordinator for the Potter-Randall Special Crimes Unit, said Monday that the home was targeted because of marijuana plants that were being grown there.
Arcay and the roommate are now wanted by police for possession of 25 to 35 marijuana plants. The charges against Arcay and his roommate, possession of marijuana in a drug-free zone, are state felonies.
“The suspects targeted this house and the occupants repeatedly to steal marijuana they knew was in the house,” Trupe said. “We still feel, though, whatever was going on in that house, the occupants were justified in the force they used.”
I don’t want to open debate about the propriety of marijuana criminalization laws. But there is an idea that has lived on from the principles of courts of equity which I think might have some application here. (more…)