Mother, son duo arrested in connection with Lumby drug rip

VERNON - A mother and son duo are facing charges after allegedly stealing medical marijuana plants from a licensed grower in Lumby.

Lumby RCMP Cpl. Henry Proce says charges have been laid in connection with a March 27 drug rip on Grandview Avenue.

“The suspects forcibly broke into a house and stole the marijuana plants that were being cultivated under a license from Health Canada,” Proce said in a release.

The ensuing police investigation led to charges of break and enter and theft being approved by Crown counsel against three individuals, including a mother and son duo.

“In my 36 years of policing I have never come across this before,” Proce said of the mother and son team.

The mother, 44, and the son, 20, are from the Vernon area and are already well known to police. The third suspect involved is a youth from Lumby.

“It is concerning,” Proce said. “We know who he is. It was rather surprising to see him involved with these older people.”

The three thieves allegedly forced their way into the home and made off with the plants while the tenant was away. Proce said they did some significant damage as well.

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