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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