LA Times: Marijuana farm’s ex-manager leads 10 masked men in armed robbery, authorities say

The former manager of a Northern California marijuana farm has been arrested after allegedly returning to his old workplace with a squad of armed men and stealing a large amount of the farm’s product, authorities said.

A victim at the farm said that Thomas Vernon Harwood Jr., the former manager, arrived unannounced Monday afternoon with 10 other masked men at the farm in Miranda, a small town in Northern California’s Emerald Triangle cannabis-growing region, according to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office.

Harwood assaulted the victim, then forced the victim into a car on the property, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The men stole a “large amount of cannabis,” according to authorities.

The victim escaped in the car and met sheriff’s deputies down the road, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Harwood was arrested near the cannabis growing facility shortly after the robbery. The other thieves fled the scene in a white Ford pickup truck with concealed license plates, victims told the Sheriff’s Office. They were wearing body armor and were possibly armed, victims told authorities.

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