A suspected marijuana grower who attempted to disable a police surveillance camera set up at his rural pot patch only succeeded in providing authorities with a close-up, officials said.
A landowner in the town of Hamilton near West Salem reported finding the marijuana plants growing on his rural property in early July.
Police then installed a surveillance camera in a nearby tree.
When the suspected gardener showed up at about 4 a.m., he apparently noticed the camera and climbed the tree to shut it down, authorities said. The camera instead snapped a picture of his face.
La Crosse Area Crime Stoppers now need the public's help identifying the man. Investigators said his first name might be Jeff.
By Tribune Staff
September 2, 2009
LA Crosse Tribune