POLICE called to catch a suspected thief at a plush Solihull home were stunned to discover more than 400 cannabis plants growing inside the property.
Officers arrived at the Warwick Road address on Sunday evening, having been alerted to a burglary in progress.
Although nobody was at the home, police found the house was packed to the rafters with the Class B drug.
As well as the cannabis factory, police found that a section of the garage doors had been cut open - possibly by someone trying to get into the premises.
Inspector Mark Watkins, of Solihull police, said: “On arrival no one was present but officers recovered a substantial amount of cannabis plants.
“The whole house had been converted and there were over 400 plants.
“No arrests have been made at this stage but inquiries are continuing.”
The house at the centre of the investigations is close to Olton golf course.
In recent weeks, police have smashed a number of cannabis factories in some of the borough’s most exclusive suburbs.
As well as the latest success a further factory was discovered in a house on Warwick Road last month and just a week later police swooped on an address in Barcheston Road, Knowle.
Anyone with information about the most recent incident should call Solihull Police on 0845 113 5000.