Four Men Arrested For Hiding Marijuana From Crime Scene
MARTINEZ, Calif. Aug. 8, 2007 (BCN) -- Four Martinez men were arrested after they attempted to remove marijuana from the scene of a home invasion robbery in an effort to hide their marijuana growing operation, a Martinez police dispatcher said this morning.
The incident began Tuesday around 7:15 a.m. when the girlfriend of Stephen DiMaggio, 30, was pistol whipped during a home invasion robbery, according to police. Two men in dark clothing entered a home in the 1600 block of Castro Street and asked her for "the stuff." They then restrained her with a cable, pistol-whipped her and ransacked the house.
The victim was taken to Contra Costa Regional Medical Center, where police met DiMaggio. He then refused to give them access to the crime scene, according to police. Officers then roped off the home and an investigator from Central Contra Costa Narcotics Enforcement Team arrived on the scene to wait as a search warrant was written.
Before the warrant was completed, three men arrived at the home, broke through the police tape and entered an outbuilding, according to police. They removed several mature marijuana plants and hopped a fence to flee the scene.
The three men, James Leonard, 32, Dwayne Hosford, 29, and Darrell Allen, 21 were apprehended at gunpoint as they fled the residence. All three were arrested for burglary and attempting to destroy evidence, according to police.
Police believe that DiMaggio sent them to remove the marijuana from the crime scene.
Police then searched the home and found high-end hydroponic growing equipment in the outbuilding from which the marijuana plants were removed. They also found more than $2,000 in cash.
DiMaggio was arrested at the hospital on suspicions of cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale and a theft-related offense for stealing electricity, according to police. He was booked and is being held on $95,000 bail.
The two men who committed the robbery and assault Tuesday morning are still at large. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Mike Thompson at (925) 372-3453.
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