CAMPBELL, Calif. (KTVU) - Campbell Police are on the hunt for several men who broke into a home early Thursday morning armed with guns while a family was sleeping. Police said the home on Elwood Drive was targeted because the residents were cultivating marijuana.
In this relatively quiet neighborhood in Campbell, not known for crime, news of a disturbing early morning home invasion is sinking in.
"It's surprising," said Neighbor Jake Johnson. "It's one of those things you don't suspect to happen in your neighborhood or a neighborhood like this."
Campbell Police said just before 3 a.m. on Thursday, several masked men armed with guns busted a back window, entering a home on Elwood Drive and confronted the residents.
"Once the suspects made entry obviously there was enough noise to alert the residents," said Campbell Police Capt. Gary Berg.
The men then stole an undisclosed amount of property and took off. Police said they were there for a reason.
"This wasn't a random robbery," said Capt. Berg. "We believe it was associated with marijuana cultivation happening inside the home."
However, a man living there, who asked to remain anonymous, tells KTVU the suspects were looking for computers and phones, not marijuana. He claims the suspects had no idea the home had pot plants, which he said are not yet matured. He also said he grows them for medicinal purposes.
While the suspects were downstairs, his wife upstairs called 911.
"It's alarming, you don't want to hear it happening to anyone's house or anyone," said Johnson.
This comes as the City of Campbell recently passed an ordinance banning marijuana grow houses, including for residents with a medical marijuana card.
"It was one of the police department's concerns," said Capt. Berg. "There could potentially be violent crimes associated with cultivation of marijuana and that's just what happened in this case."
Police are working with neighbors to get surveillance video as they try to gather more details about the suspects.