Seattle Police responded to a medical-marijuana dispensary in the 2200 block of 15th Avenue West after receiving 911 calls reporting two masked men had run out of the location with several jars of pot at 11 p.m. Dec. 20.
The employee said he’d been inside the pharmacy part of the business with a patient when he heard somebody enter the lobby and then begin knocking on the pharmacy door.
The knocking continued, and when he went to open the door, the two men burst through. The suspects, who wore black hoodies with the hoods up and medical masks, began grabbing Mason jars full of pot.
The employee and the patient ran out of the building into the parking lot. The men ran out into the parking lot a few minutes later, concealing what appeared to be Mason jars full of pot under their hoodies. They fled eastbound on foot, up the stairs from West Wheeler Street to 14th Avenue West.
The business owner arrived in the parking lot just as the two men were running out. Seeing they had jars under their sweatshirts, he began chasing them as they ran off.
He confronted them, yelling that they had better drop his property, and one of the suspects pulled out a silver revolver. He stopped chasing them, and one of the suspects dropped two of the Mason jars full of marijuana as they ran off. The jars were found smashed on the stairs.
Employees said seven or eight large jars of pot were stolen, as well as four smaller jars. They estimated the value of the stolen pot to be about $400.
Police recovered the two large broken jars from the stairway, as well as three unbroken jars that were dropped by the suspects in the doorway of the business.
Police kept the jars to fingerprint them for evidence but returned the pot inside to the business.
Busted back door
A family in the 800 block of West Etruria Street called 911 when they returned to their house and found it ransacked around 4:20 p.m. Dec. 19.
Someone had forced the basement door open by breaking it at the deadbolt. Once inside, the burglar opened cabinets and drawers, tossing items onto the floor. About $1,600 worth of property was taken.
Responding police checked with the victims’ neighbors, but no one reported hearing anything.
A woman called 911 after discovering somebody had attempted to take all the wine out of her storage locker in her apartment building. Police responded to the building, on Dexter Avenue North, at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 18.
The woman said she went to her storage locker and found a key, labeled with the building’s address, in the lock. She opened the door and found someone had pried off the lock to her storage unit and put all her wine into boxes.
She moved all her wine into her apartment; none of it was stolen. She also kept the key she found.
It appeared that one other storage unit was entered. Police couldn’t determine who owns this unit or if any items were taken.
Seattle Police responded to a house in the 3000 block of 11th Avenue West around 6 p.m. Dec. 18 after receiving a call reporting a burglary. The woman said, after unlocking the front door when she got home, she realized immediately some things were missing and that their home had been burgled. She called 911 and waited outside.
When police arrived, they checked the inside of the home to make sure there was nobody inside. They found a rear window that was open, with the screen discarded in the backyard. Police believe this is where the burglar entered the house.
Another door to the home was unlocked, indicating the burglar left through it.
The burglar took a rug, some jewelry, a purse, a camera and other items.