Break-In: Crooks Leave Empty-Handed

By: Catherine Bilkey Email
By: Catherine Bilkey Email

The employees at a local medical marijuana dispensary say two men broke into their store, Nature's Way on North Academy, Saturday night. They say they’re thankful for their good security and the quick response from the cops.

They believe the two men wanted to take them for all they had, but instead they got one stressful night.

"They didn't take anything; nothing was missing,” Mark Cebula said.

But he says it wasn't for a lack of trying.

"It was almost like a movie scene,” Cebula said.

It seems as though the crooks had a thought out plan. They gained access by going into the next door coin laundry, using their bathroom to gain access to the ceiling. From there they were able to climb over the tiles and break into the dispensary. Then things went downhill fast.

"The alarms are going off; because that alarm is pretty loud...they must have started panicking,” Cebula said.

The dispensary locks up most of the marijuana at night in a safe. So Cebula believes worried and frustrated, the crooks just tried to get out, but things got worse for them. He says they tried leaving through the front, but probably saw the cops pulling up. Since many of the doors lock, they were stuck in the lobby.

"So they scurried back up in the ceiling in the first room to drop into this room,” he said in the store's supply room. From there they got out the back door.

While they made it out without getting arrested, they were also without any valuables.

11 News spoke with the owners of the coin laundry. They unfortunately also have damage from the break-in. The crooks broke their sink and busted a door.

If you know anything about this crime, please call police or Crime Stoppers at 634-STOP.


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  • by Matt Moorman Location: Natures Way on Dec 12, 2011 at 09:04 AM
    The police did a good job getting there honestly and thanks to the new regulations by the Medical Marijuana Enforcement division the medicine stayed in the right hands. We are very proud of our security and will continue to provide our patients with the highest quality medication and make safety our #1 priority for years to come. We are now adding more cameras to make this the most secure facility in Colorado Springs..
  • by ok on Dec 11, 2011 at 10:03 PM
    If this was a walgreens they would have got their fix. Maybe pharmacies could learn from the mmj dispensaries on how to make sure their product that is hardcore addictive narcotics don't end up on the streets from criminals.
  • by todd Location: colorado springs on Dec 11, 2011 at 10:01 PM
    Geeze!! In all the cop shows, they always send an officer or two around to cover the back door. Guess the cops out front did not have backup available??
  • by Citizen80919 Location: Colorado Springs on Dec 11, 2011 at 06:56 PM
    Some day these idiot burglars will realize that dispensaries have security tighter than tight. Motion detectors, door sensors, video cameras, all seriously decrease the changes of getting anything, and increase their chance of getting caught. Can't wait to see the video on this one. Too bad the police were lame on this one and didn't catch the dummies.
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      by Slippy on Dec 11, 2011 at 10:33 PM in reply to Citizen80919
      I think the police set it up so the news could sensationalize it so they will have more reason to add even more security measures. B4 u know it things will be completely stupid
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