Australian police mistakenly search crypto miner's home suspecting marijuana grow operation

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The cryptocurrency mining boom has died down quite a bit, but a few smaller mining operations are still working away throughout the world.

One such small-scale operation is run by Rob Butvila, a resident of Adelaide, Australia - and it's clear he has done his research.

The setup is seemingly optimized to maximize airflow and keep his mining machines cool (courtesy of an in-depth ventilation system) while they work. Unfortunately for Butvila, it seems his system may have been a bit too good in the end.

In a video uploaded Sunday, Butvila revealed that Adelaide officers working out of the South Australia Police Department had forcefully broken into his home (damaging his property in the process) using a "General" search warrant.

Expecting to find a marijuana grow operation, police instead found Butvila's cryptocurrency mining rigs.

Expecting to find a marijuana grow operation, police instead found Butvila's cryptocurrency mining rigs.

For the unaware, crypto mining setups tend to generate a fair amount of heat and noise, while also gobbling up electricity at a rapid rate. Due to this, they can at times resemble a marijuana grow.

To make matters worse for Butvila, the police department responsible for the break-in was "unhelpful" and hung up on him when he called to request compensation for the damage done to his property.

Butvila also says the officers who searched his property left his gates and doors unlocked, which allegedly allowed a criminal to enter his home and swipe a hard drive (also disabling his security camera).

We'll be keeping our eye on the situation moving forward, and we will update this article if it develops any further.

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captaincranky

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I knew the Aussies always had strange names and slang for people, places, and things, but, "Butt-Villa" really takes the cake. :rolleyes:

Would you really expect a "butvilla police force" to be considerate or helpful? I think not.

In fact, I think I'd take a phone book into the interrogation room, in case the questioning detective asks you to sit on his lap...:eek:
 
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Karlos95

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I knew the Aussies always had strange names and slang for people, places, and things, but, "Butt-Villa" really takes the cake. :rolleyes:

Would you really expect a "butvilla police force" to be considerate or helpful? I think not.

In fact, I think I'd take a phone book into the interrogation room, in case the questioning detective asks you to sit on his lap...:eek:

"Butvila" is the blokes last name and is pronounced "Boot-veeler"

The police station is called Elizabeth Police Station.
 

amghwk

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I think the story of thief entering his home, stealing the hard drive and disabling the surveillance camera part went too far.

Probably to get compensation when the police refused to entertain his damage recovery request.

He can file a suit against the police for wrongful entry and the damage, though.
 

Capaill

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"... allowed a criminal to enter his home and swipe a hard drive (also disabling his security camera)."
Maybe replace the word criminal with police officer. That sounds more likely. What criminal is going to enter a home and take only one hard drive. More likely it was the police hiding what they had done in his home.
 

Lifeispossible

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He's lucky they left his equipment intact(aside from the hard drive). I would have been happy with that. Hopefully these sorts of things will happen less from now on.
 

Reachable

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Terrible. Somebody's committing a crime against humanity and they raid his home because they think he's growing some nearly harmless plants.