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An investigation into a stolen car led police to a marijuana grow house and about 600 plants in Alhambra resulting in the arrest of two men on cultivation charges.

Officers spotted an unoccupied stolen car parked in the 200 block of West Palm Avenue Friday around 10:30 a.m., Alhambra police Lt. Roy Nakamura said.

As police watched the car, a man walked out of a house, got into the vehicle and left the scene, Nakamura said. Police tried to pull the man over but he refused to stop. A pursuit then began but it was canceled shortly after it started because of public safety concerns.

Officers then spotted the car abandoned in the 2000 block of St. James Drive in Temple City, Nakamura said. The driver was gone but police returned to the location on West Palm Avenue where the car was first spotted.

Inside the home where the driver had exited, police found an active marijuana grow operation involving about 600 plants, according to Nakamura.

Police then arrested two men who were at the home, 38-year-old Ian Woodworth of Denver and 48-year-old Wayne Chong of North Hollywood. Both men were booked on cultivation-related charges.

The stolen car was connected to the cultivation operation, Nakamura said.

Chong was free on $50,000 bail from a previous charge when he was arrested, the San Gabriel Valley Tribune reported.

Chong was arrested on Feb. 22 by Arcadia police on suspicion of false imprisonment, using another person’s driver’s license to commit a forgery, possession of a document with a forged government seal and driving on a suspended license, according to the newspaper.

Chong’s bail on the new charges was $10,000. Woodworth was being held on a $750 bail, according to Los Angeles County jail records. No information on their arraignment dates was immediately available.

–City News Service

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