In South Australia, the police broke into a mining farm mistaking it for a drug house. Rob Butvila, the owner of the property who found its gate and door busted, revealed that he has lost $1000 due to the invasion and intends to file a lawsuit, according to a media report on February 12.
Cryptocurrency Mining Rig Found Instead of Drugs
Based on reports, police in Adelaide, South Australia recently broke into a man’s home mistaking it for a drug house. Instead, what was found is a cryptocurrency mining rig. The authority’s attention was drawn to the property due to the high power consumption and its ventilation system that is similar to those used in a drug greenhouse.
Rob Butvila, the owner of the house publicized what had happened on Facebook and YouTube. According to him, the police had kicked down his door and broke his locks. They left a note stating that “we called today, but could not find anyone present”. Part of his Facebook message read:
then you refuse to answer any questions and hang up on me!!!!! for what, because you thought a computer was a grow room or something???! you could have just looked in the window instead of causing damage!
Police Should Have Been More Cautious While invading Home
The displeased homeowner believes the police should have looked through the window before busting his door. He also stated that the authorities did not bother to secure the place before leaving and as such, he has lost his security camera cable and hard drive which are worth $1,000. Therefore, he intends to file a lawsuit for the damages.
The Police, on the other hand, who claimed to have left the place securely, appears to have been only doing their job. In Butvila’s opinion, they were attracted to the building because of the solar panels on its roof and the fans that could be overheard from the room. He also added that his home was not the only one with such visible panels.
Butvila’s home is not the first to have been busted as is sometimes the case when an investigation is carried out by the police. BTCNN on January 24 also reported of UK’s South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU) arrest of a 36-year-old man. The accused reportedly stole millions worth of IOTA cryptocurrency. Thus, his home was invaded in order to find evidence that linked him to the crime.