Thieves Nab $600K of Weed in Dispensary Heist

ReLeaf Collective relieved of an estimated $600,000 worth of cannabis products in a brazen weekend break-in.

Joe Kukura, SF Weekly

Two burglars robbed a South of Market cannabis dispensary of more than a half a million dollars worth of marijuana, edibles, and accessories in an early Sunday morning robbery. The ReLeaf Herbal Cooperative at Mission Street and Ninth Street was the victim of these high crimes, and the suspects reportedly spent two hours filling trash bags with ganja goods before hauling the stash off in a large recycling bin.

KTVU has surveillance video of the dispensary robbery, in which one of the suspect’s faces can be clearly seen. Police say that around 2 a.m. Sunday morning, the pair broke into the dispensary’s front door and metal gate. One suspect reportedly stole the merchandise while the other stood watch.

“It’s a large amount as far as the monetary value, about $600,000 worth of cannabis,” S.F. police captain Joseph McFadden told KTVU. “They went through and took several kinds of products: edible marijuana, marijuana supplies and a bunch of dried cannabis from this store.”

Police are worried these types of burglaries will become increasingly common as more medical cannabis dispensaries (MCDs) open. Recreational cannabis sales become legal in San Francisco on Jan. 5, 2018.

“When the new laws take effect , there’s a lot more applications for a lot of these MCDs across the city. They do seem to be a target for some of these crimes that do happen and that’s where our concern is,” McFadden told KTVU.

SFPD is asking that anyone with anyone with information on the robbery to contact the police tipline. SF Weekly has reached out to ReLeaf Herbal Collective and will update this story with any response.

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