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The Denver Police Department is warning local marijuana business owners of a surge in customer thefts reported outside of pharmacies.
According to an appraisal sent January 8 to Denver marijuana owners, DPD recently received reports that pharmacy customers “are being attacked by thieves when they leave marijuana stores,” and that the suspect (s) is contacting customers Skilled and purchased items have been kidnapped from their hands before escaping the area.
The advisory included suggestions on how pharmacies can further protect customers, including visible security measures and routine monitoring of parking lots, store fronts and other areas around the company.
“Customers may want to hide their purchases by putting them in a pocket, wallet, or other available means if possible. Visible deterrents such as security guards, cameras, and well-lit exit paths and parking lots also serve as prevention and security Measures, “it says.
Pharmacies that are often only operated with cash due to the federal ban on marijuana require ID for customers before entering the country. As a result, security guards are a common sight in pot stores – but they are not mandatory, and a large number of pharmacies do not currently employ private security.
DPD has sent several criminal memos to the marijuana industry in the past few months, including warnings of increased break-ins after hours and an SMS scam aimed at stealing cash from employees and companies in the marijuana industry. In this latest announcement, the department encourages marijuana companies to reach out to the community resource officers in their respective districts, saying they will offer additional local patrols on the store fronts when time permits.
We contacted DPD for more information on these incidents, but in the meantime an important note: unlike other warnings, this note did not mention armed robbery.
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Thomas Mitchell has been writing about everything cannabis-related for Westword since 2014, covering sports, real estate, and general news en route to publications like the Republic of Arizona, Inman, and Fox Sports. He is currently the cannabis editor for westword.com.