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A man was arrested for allegedly burglarizing an El Monte warehouse where authorities found more than 1,500 growing marijuana plants.

Officers responded about 2:25 p.m. Friday to investigate a report of a burglary in progress at the warehouse at 2646 Strozier Ave., according to El Monte Police Sgt. Richard Luna.

Two suspects had arrived in a white Chevrolet Suburban and were seen entering a broken glass door at the warehouse, Luna said.

Detained at the scene was 43-year-old Gale Berry, who was booked on suspicion of commercial burglary, possession of burglary tools and possession of a controlled substance, Luna said.

Berry is being held in lieu of $105,000 bail, according to Los Angeles County jail records. An arraignment date has not been set.

A search for the second suspect proved fruitless, Luna said.

“Further investigation determined that the burglarized property had been converted into an illegal, marijuana cultivation operation,” Luna said.

Detectives obtained a search warrant and seized more than 1,500 marijuana plants in various stages of growth along with 247 pounds of cured pot, he said.

Investigators have not determined who was growing marijuana at the property, which had been sub-leased.

—City News Service

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