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Couple Busted By Their Own Alarm

An alarm system used to protect a Wilmington couple's home gets them busted.

Wilmington Police arrested Linda and Robert Swanson of Walnut Street after responding to their alarm system going off.

Officer says the back door was open and so they went inside to check for intruders. They say they found marijuana plants, drug paraphernalia and $10,000 dollars.

The couple was later arrested and released on bond.

Here's how the information was given to us by the Wilmington Police Department:

Wilmington Police Department
Overnight Report
December 20 - 21, 2008

Case#: 08-050227

Time: 10:08 a.m. - Saturday

Location: 610 Walnut Street

Offense: Drug offenses / arrests (see below)

Summary: A WPD officer responded to an alarm call at 610 Walnut Street. Upon arrival, she found an unsecured back door. While checking the inside the residence for possible intruders, she saw marijuana plants that were being grown in the basement. The residents were not home at the time. A vice narcotics detective was contacted and he secured a search warrant for the residence. The homeowners (Robert Louis Swanson (d.o.b. 1-10-1949) and Linda Swanson (11-16-49), returned to the house at approximately 12:30 p.m., and they were arrested. The search warrant yielded numerous marijuana plants, hashish, drug paraphernalia and approximately $10,000, all of which were seized. The man and woman both were charged with Possession With the Intent to Sell or Deliver a Controlled Substance (Marijuana), Maintaining a Dwelling for Storage of Controlled Substances, Manufacturing a Controlled Substance, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. They were released on unsecured bond. Photos attached.

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