Authorities arrested a Visalia man Tuesday morning who allegedly stole more than $35,000 in electricity from Southern California Edison to support a marijuana garden inside his garage.
The Tulare County Sheriff’s Office said detectives served a search warrant about 8 a.m. at a home on the 2100 block of South Hall Street in Visalia. Inside the garage, detectives found 69 marijuana plants valued at $155,000, the office said.
The suspect, Nicolas Alcala, 47, did not have a medical marijuana card. It was also found Alcala had been stealing electricity for three years to sustain his marijuana-growing operation, the office said.
Alcala was booked on charges of illegal cultivation of marijuana and theft of utilities. Detectives are still investigating the case. Anyone with information is asked to call detective B. VanCuren at (559) 733-6218.