This week, two Seattle medical marijuana dispensaries were burglarized, making five dispensary burglaries in the North Seattle area in the past month.
On Tuesday morning, a witness called 911 after hearing a dispensary’s burglary alarm go off. According to the witness, four people dressed in black with masks on were seen running from the building.
When officers arrived the suspects had already fled the scene. A door to the collective was found kicked in, but nothing was found missing.
On Wednesday morning around 2:15 am, police received another report of a burglary at a dispensary. The scene was similar to Tuesday’s burglary– the door of the collective was kicked in and the security alarm was going off.
Soon after they arrived on the scene, officers saw a masked man running away from the dispensary. As he ran away, the suspect was dropping cash and marijuana. Officers chased the suspect, but he escaped into a greenbelt.
In addition to the missing marijuana and cash, police noticed a flat screen TV was also missing from the collective.
During a sweep of the area, police found a 16-year-old boy hiding in the back seat of a car nearby. He said that he was just waiting for his brother, but police saw that there was a large TV in the car and the car smelled of marijuana.
The boy was released to his father and the car was impounded.
Detectives are now working to determine whether there is a connection between these two burglaries and the three that occurred in Seattle last month.