SHAFTSBURY >> Three men face charges for allegedly stealing plants from a hemp farming operation.
The Hoosick Falls, N.Y. residents face charges including grand larceny, unlawful trespass, giving false information, and unlawful mischief, according to Vermont State Police.
At approximately 4 a.m. on Tuesday, Troopers responded to a suspicious vehicle complaint in the area of Rollin Road in Shaftsbury, according to a news release from the Vermont State Police Shaftsbury barracks.
Troopers located a matching vehicle parked at the intersection of Whitecreek and Cold Spring Roads. They found three men — later identified as Leon Lovelace, 21; Cody Smith, 20; and Brett Stone, 24. Troopers said the men possessed numerous freshly harvested plants which appeared to be marijuana. The men were issued citations for marijuana possession and released.
A follow-up investigation revealed two of the men provided false identification to authorities. Troopers also discovered the plants were not marijuana, but instead hemp plants from a hemp farming operation in Shaftsbury.
"The farm has sustained a large loss of crop recently due to people mistaking it for marijuana and stealing it," the news release stated.
The men were located in Hoosick Falls, N.Y. with the assistance of the village police department.
The three men were cited to appear in Vermont Superior Court Criminal Division on Nov. 14.