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Man sues landlord over stolen marijuana

ABC7 Eyewitness News HD covering Los Angeles and Southern California.

September 29, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
A man sued his landlord over $35,000 worth of marijuana that was stolen from a rented warehouse space in Murrieta.Gary Hite filed the lawsuit in Riverside County court, claiming negligence and breach of contract.

The suit alleged that the landlord failed to fix a broken door and lock after a break-in at a neighboring unit earlier in May.

Burglars broke into Hite's unit a few weeks after that incident, according to The Press Enterprise.

The suit said 35 plants, worth $1,000 a piece, were stolen. Hite claims that he grew the marijuana for medical purposes, but police said the operation was illegal and that Hite was also cited for various code violations.