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.
“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.
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.