Denver dispensary burglaries hit a 3-year high in 2019

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Police
are
investigating
a
string
of
armed
robberies
of
metro-area
dispensaries
in
December
as
the
number
of
break-ins
at
Denver
marijuana
businesses
hit
a
three-year
high
in
2019.

Dispensaries
in
the
city
reported
five
robberies
and
122
burglaries
last
year,
according
to
the
Denver
Police
Department.
Both
offenses
increased
slightly
from
2018,
when
Denver
marijuana
businesses
reported
one
robbery
and
120
burglaries.

Overall,
crimes
related
to
the
marijuana
industry
accounted
for
0.30%
of
Denver’s
total
offenses
reported
in
2018,
the
latest
year
data
was
available,
according
to
the
police
department.

Burglary
of
controlled
substances,
a
class
2
felony,
is
the
most
common
type
of
crime
in
the
marijuana
industry,
said
Denver
police
Cmdr.
James
Henning,
of
the
department’s
investigative
division,
adding
that
criminals
primarily
target
dispensaries
and
cannabis
grows.

“It’s
like
cash
in
hand,”
Henning
said.
In
Colorado,
marijuana
at
wholesale
price
 is
going
for
$1,200
per
pound…
but
if
you
take
that
same
pound
of
marijuana
to
the
East
Coast,
it’s
worth
$3,000
to
$3,500.”

John
Goutell,
general
counsel
for
Frosted
Leaf,
said
the
dispensary’s
three
Denver
locations
have
been
burglarized
after
hours
eight
times
since
2014.
But
a
robbery
at
its
Cherry
Creek
location
on
Dec.
3, in
which
four
men
held
two
employees
at
gunpoint
,
signals
an
escalation.
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