Denver police report a series of 34 burglaries at cannabis businesses
The Denver police have posted a notice that there’s been a series of break-ins at marijuana businesses in the area. So far this year, the DPD says they’ve seen 34 different burglaries at cannabis businesses, mostly involving stolen Jeeps and centered on highways I-25 and I-70 (two highways that criss-cross right over Denver itself. The suspects are apparently three or four males and possibly two females who keep their face covered, and wear hoodies and gloves, and they usually pry open a front door or break a glass window to get inside.
Crime is definitely still an issue for the growing cannabis industry. A lot of banks still won’t deal even with licensed dispensaries, because the legality of cannabis is still in question, so some places tend to stockpile cash and product, making them prime targets for burglars like these. Additionally, because licensing can be expensive and complicated, and because taxes on legal purchases can sometimes be very high, some areas where cannabis is legal still have illegal dispensaries running, and when those places are stolen from, they’re often just going to eat the costs rather than report the crime to the police, for fear of revealing themselves. Ideally, legalization will create a system where legal dispensaries can enjoy the same protections and security precautions that more traditional businesses do, but we’re not quite there yet.
The Denver Police says that for now, the best solution is to keep security systems active, and to store product and cash as securely as possible in a safe. Additionally, they’re asking that if anyone recognizes the suspects, to contact them at the non-emergency line. Hopefully, the police can catch these robbers, and these facilities in Denver can continue operations without fear of someone smashing in the door.