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Thief armed with sawed-off shotgun robs marijuana dispensary

Jen French
April 21, 2017 08:08 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A week before the infamous "4/20" holiday, police say a robber—armed with a sawed-off shotgun—robbed the Seven Clover Marijuana Dispensary on Central.

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Officers say 50-year-old William Thrash pocketed more than $1,100 in marijuana merchandise and $732 in cash. Surveillance cameras captured him running from the scene.

Officers found Thrash three days later saying at the Luxury Inn on Central Avenue.

Despite Thrash’s attempt to make off with some marijuana, Seven Clover Marijuana Dispensary wouldn’t let the incident kill their buzz. The business held a 4/20 celebration with other marijuana vendors in their parking lot Thursday.

“We have a full staff and we have pretty much every single person in this corner we know by name,” said Erica Rowland,  a manager at Seven Clover.

Rowland said the business could not comment on the robbery, but did say the cannabis community is supportive.

"Well it's on demand and it's convenient and it's a happy place,” customer Leeandra Chavez said.

"We do a lemon bar that is absolutely amazing,” said Ben Barreras , owner of Herbal Edibles.

The Department of Health said medical cannabis dispensaries are required to have security plans in place. Seven Clover Marijuana Dispensary does have surveillance cameras and a door guard. 

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Jen French

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