Members of Teen Crime Ring Caught (Again) Breaking Into Pot Shops

Police have, once again, arrested several members of high-school aged crime ring after the the teens broke into two North Seattle pot dispensaries early Tuesday morning.

After receiving reports around 3:30 AM of an alarm ringing at a dispensary in the 12000 block of Aurora Avenue N., officers arrived and found someone had used a brick to smash the front window of the business. Several of the teens entered the store, but weren’t able to make it past the shop’s secure lobby door. They left empty-handed.

About an hour after, as officers were still collecting evidence at the scene of the Aurora break-in, police received a report of another burglary at a dispensary in the 8700 block of Greenwood Avenue. At the business, officers found an apparently freshly made hole in a fence and a boot print on the business’s smashed back door.

A witness told police the suspects had fled the scene in a blue Toyota SUV, which officers quickly found and pulled over in the 9000 block of 2nd Ave NW.

Officers contacted the six teenage boys inside the vehicle, and were able to connect them to the two pot shop break-ins with the help of surveillance video. Several of the teens have ties to a recent rash of break-ins at Seattle-area car dealerships, and it just so happens the teens were driving a stolen SUV.

Officers booked five of the teens into the King County Youth Service Center and released one boy to his mother at the North Precinct.