September 2, 2009

Men report burglary, arrested for drugs

Police responding to a reported burglary in New York said they ended up arresting the apartment's occupants for possession of marijuana plants.

Investigators said Scott Ortega, 53, reported a burglary Sunday at the apartment he shares with Jack Scelzo, 53, and Lawrence Machese, 56. Responding officers said they found a large, potted marijuana plant on the apartment's living room table and 15 additional plants on the deck, the New York Post reported Wednesday.

Ortega claimed ownership of the plants and said they were for his personal use, police said. All three occupants of the home were arrested.

Investigators said they found no sign of a break-in at the apartment.