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Marijuana burglars hit Florida dispensary at 4:20 a.m., police say

A trio of thieves hit Trulieve locations in Clearwater Beach and Clearwater in a joint operation, police said.
Surveillance footage shows thieves breaking into the Trulieve medical marijuana dispensary on U.S. 19, according to Clearwater police. The break in happened less than an hour after a similar burglary at a store on Clearwater Beach. [Clearwater Police]

CLEARWATER — Thieves broke into two medical marijuana dispensaries early Friday, police said, and they appear to have a sense of timing:

The thieves arrived for the second break-in exactly at 4:20 a.m.

The first burglary was reported at the Trulieve dispensary at 645 Bayway Blvd. on Clearwater Beach at about 3:43 a.m. Two thieves pried open a window then entered the store, according to Clearwater police, which posted security footage on its Facebook page.

The pair took an grabbed an unknown quantity of “inventory,” police said, then joined a third person waiting in a black Chevy Camaro and drove away.

Less than an hour later, the same thieves are believed to have struck the Clearwater Trulieve location at 24639 U.S. 19.

The outside security camera captured a black Camaro pulling up to the store exactly at 4:20 a.m.

Footage taken from the security cameras inside the store showed two suspects — one dressed in light clothing with a dark cloth covering their face, the other dressed in dark clothing with a light cloth hiding his face — entering what appears to be a storage room, taking boxes of "inventory” and shoving some of it into a bag.

Medical Marijuana Dispensary Burglary, Inside Store View

Here's the view from inside the store on U.S. 19 early this morning when thieves broke into the Trulieve medical marijuana dispensary less than an hour after a similar burglary at a store on Clearwater Beach. Two suspects entered the store while a third one waited outside in a black Camaro. Do you know anything about this case? Call our detectives at 727-562-4242.

Posted by Clearwater Police Department on Friday, February 21, 2020

“Take note of the blue shoes that one of the suspects wore in case you recognize those unique sneakers to go along with the unique car,” said the Clearwater police Facebook post.

Help Us ID These Medical Marijuana Burglary Suspects

Help our detectives identify these burglary suspects who committed commerical burglaries at two medical marijuana dispensaries, including one where they arrived right at 4:20 a.m. The first crime occurred at the Trulieve located at 645 Bayway Blvd. and the second one occurred less than an hour later at 24639 U.S. 19 N. In each case there were three suspects -- two who entered the business and one who stayed with the getaway car, a black Camaro. Take note of the blue shoes that one of the suspects wore in case you recognize those unique sneakers to go along with the unique car. Call 727-562-4242 if you can help our detectives.

Posted by Clearwater Police Department on Friday, February 21, 2020

Trulieve is a licensed medical cannabis provider with locations in California, Connecticut, Florida and Massachusetts. No other cases like these have been reported in Pinellas, but police said similar break-ins have been reported in other parts of Florida including Lakeland, Vero Beach and the Villages.

Clearwater police ask anyone with information about these crimes to call (727) 562-4242.

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