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Burglars Hit Three North Seattle Pot Dispensaries

Showing a blatant disregard for the sanctity of business hours, burglars broke into three different pot dispensaries in North Seattle earlier this week.

Police got their first report of an attempted dispensary burglary just before 3 am Sunday, after a witness called 911 after he spotted two men—holding what looked like crowbars—standing at the back door of a pot shop on NE 143rd and Greenwood Avenue.

When officers arrived, the suspects were gone and the business hadn’t been broken into. However, officers found pry marks around the dispensary’s back door.

That evening, around 11:30 pm, burglars broke into another dispensary at NE 123rd Street and 15th Avenue NE, where they cracked open a display case containing pot cookies and a computer.

Finally, at about 6 am* Monday, burglars smashed open the door of yet another dispensary at NW 77th and 15th Avenue NW, tried to steal a TV and an Xbox, but left with a computer monitor instead.

Detectives are working to get more information from the businesses targeted in the burglaries, and it’s not yet clear whether the suspects took any pot during the break-ins—bales of weed are a bit harder to inventory than TVs, computers, and other things with serial numbers.

Police are also investigating a possible connection in at least two of the cases.


*The original version of this post indicated the third burglary happened at 6pm. In fact, the break-in happened 12 hours earlier, at 6 am.