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Video: Can You ID These Smash & Grab Dispensary Thieves?

April 4, 2018
(Courtesy of Have A Heart)
Around 3:15 in the morning last Friday, a crew of four burglars smashed a stolen Ford Taurus through the front door of the Have a Heart retail cannabis store in Seattle’s Greenwood neighborhood. The thieves backed the car to the curb, then ran into the store with empty duffels and black plastic bags. About one minute later they ran out of the store with the bags full of cannabis products, and drove away.

Call them the Sneakerhead Crew. They covered their faces, but flashed some unique kicks during their getaway.

“It seemed like they were familiar with the items they wanted, like they had cased products at other shops,” said Marcelo Ramirez, executive assistant to Have a Heart CEO Ryan Kunkel. “They were focused on the heavier-weighted flower packages,” grabbing ounces, not grams.

The whole thing was caught on video.

The gang remains at large, and Seattle Police and officials at Have a Heart would like your help in bringing them to justice. If you recognize anyone, please contact Seattle Police at 206-625-5011 and reference the incident and date (Have a Heart Greenwood break-in, 3-30-18).

Also contact marceloramirez@haveaheartcc.com with any additional tips. 

The clearest still of one of the faces appears in this screen shot:

Gotta Be The Shoes

The biggest clue, though, might be the sneakers.

The four burglars took precautions to mask their faces, and all four wore gloves to avoid leaving fingerprints.

But two of them wore shoes that might be familiar to sneakerheads around town.

Check out this pair: 

And these:

 

Have a look at the footage captured by Have a Heart’s security surveillance system.

The Arrival:

 

The Bust-in:

 

The Grab:

 

The Exit Dash:

 

No Cash, Just Ounces

The thieves did not get away with any cash, just cannabis products. Have a Heart’s security team was alerted to the break-in as soon as it happened, and the company’s maintenance and construction crew were on hand the next morning to secure the door and repair the damage. The store was up and running later that same day.

All in all, the whole caper was a strange episode. The crew was obviously well prepared, dressed all in black with face-obscuring hoodies and bandanas. They made the effort to all wear gloves. They arrived with large empty duffels and bags. They seemed to know exactly the products they wanted to steal. They were in and out in about two minutes. And yet…all that effort (and damage) to obtain cannabis products priced in the hundreds? We’re still trying to make sense of it.

If you have an idea who these geniuses might be, please contact the Seattle Police at 206-625-5011 and reference the Have a Heart Greenwood break-in on March 30. 

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Bruce Barcott

Leafly Senior Editor Bruce Barcott oversees news, investigations, and feature projects. He is a Guggenheim Fellow and author of Weed the People: The Future of Legal Marijuana in America.

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  • Diab

    This whole setup of legalizing marijuana is a joke and a circle jerk of control.
    Just legalize pot on all facets. Then we can move on to important issues in our destructive society.
    Here’s an idea, take all that money invested in attacking weed growers, there families, there livelihoods, there businesses and hell, there personal choices and put it towards………. nothing.
    Instead, give it back to us!
    When feds break down your door, assault you and your families, your patrons including the sick elderly ones sitting in your lobby then blackmail you to tell them where the money is or they will smash up the store every week is exactly what gangs do.
    Even better idea, take the money wasted on harassment and theft of dispensaries by Government Agencies and use it to rehabilitate these agencies perpetrating these heinous acts in the first place.
    Apply it to better schooling or even wackier idea would be just to give it back annually on our tax returns. That’s billions back to the people that loaned it to you in the first place without interest.
    Well, I’m interested now and when others begin to be as well, that’s when things get better for the people.

  • Crepidula

    Looks like there’s a good pic of the front license plate (idiots). Also looks like an inside job, from the purposeful way they all went directly to where the ounces were stored. If this was a normal business with normal insurance, I’d be suspicious of an owner-inside job (for the purpose of getting an insurance claim), but since canna-businesses often can’t access insurance due to federal laws, probably not. Looking forward to the denouement…

    • SeattleJeff

      The Ford was stolen so license plates are a moot point in this case.

  • farmerlion

    Previous camera footage may show two men buying small amounts of cannabis wearing their loud shoes. Two 10″ poles full of concrete, cemented into ground on sidewalk will stop or detour a thief from hitting your dispensary.

  • ROBERT PRESTI

    Why is always African Americans? Can’t they just stop the BS already. Smh