Bay County man steals power to grow too much medical marijuana, police say

BAY CITY, MI — A 63-year-old man is facing two felonies for reportedly stealing electricity to illicitly grow marijuana plants in rural Bay County.

In July 2017, Consumer’s Energy received an anonymous tip that Earnest W. Deplanty was stealing power and growing pot at his home at 2449 E. Almeda Beach Road in Fraser Township. A Consumer’s investigator went to the house and found an unauthorized lock on its electrical box. On cutting the lock and looking inside the box, the employee found wiring had been tampered with in an apparent attempt to acquire electricity without being charged, court records show.

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