Burglars strike 3 North Seattle marijuana dispensaries in 2 days


SEATTLE - Three break-ins or attempted burglaries at medical marijuana dispensaries have occurred in North Seattle within two days, Seattle police said.

Police received their first report of an attempted dispensary burglary shortly before 3 a.m. Sunday after a witness called 911 reporting that he saw two men holding what looked like crowbars standing at the back door of a dispensary on Northeast 143rd Street and Greenwood Avenue North.

 When officers arrived, the two men were gone.  Officers found pry marks around the dispensary’s back door, but the men fled before making entry into the building.

 That night, around 11:30 p.m., burglars broke into a dispensary at Northeast 123rd Street and 15th Avenue Northeast where they cracked open a display case containing pot cookies and a computer.

 At 6 p.m. Monday, burglars smashed open the door of another dispensary at Northwest 77th Street and 15th Avenue Northwest, tried to steal a TV and an Xbox, but left with a computer monitor instead, police said.

 Detectives are working to get more information from the businesses targeted in the burglaries.

 Police said it was unclear if the burglars took any pot during the break-ins.

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