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Sebastopol home invasion marks 7th pot-related home invasion in Sonoma County

SONOMA COUNTY (KRON) - A home invasion in Sebastopol marks the seventh marijuana-related home invasion robbery in Sonoma County since January, according to law enforcement. 

It happened off Big Plum Drive -- a quiet, residential neighborhood. 

After months on the run, Amber "Skittles" Hembree is now behind bars. 

Four months ago, the Sonoma County Sheriff's Department says she was involved in a string of home invasion robberies in Santa Rosa where the victims were tied up and shot.

One of those victims did not survive. 

The three men were all arrested, but Skittles managed to escape, until now. 

US Marshals arrested her back in her home state of Virginia on Monday, hiding in an attic with a loaded stolen handgun.

"It was a good arrest for our detectives who just never gave up," said Sgt. Spencer Crum with the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office. 

The Sheriff's Department says there have been seven home invasion robberies in the county since marijuana was legalized earlier this year. 

"We were expecting this and unfortunately it's coming to fruition," said Sgt. Crum. 

In March, nine suspects kicked in doors, tied up victims, and searched for marijuana they mistakenly thought was being grown in a Petaluma home. 

In May, a robbery at a home growing marijuana in Santa Rosa. 

Just this past weekend, gunshots were fired after four men invaded a home on Big Plum Drive in Sebastopol likely marijuana-related, according to law enforcement. 

The Sonoma County Sheriff's Office says to be proactive about your safety and install security cameras and attend community meetings to stay alert and try to prevent this from happening at your home. 



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