Texas man robs Colorado marijuana dispensary, ties up employees
A Texas man is in jail after attempting to rob a Colorado marijuana dispensary in Pueblo West.
The Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office says they got a call around 7:00 a.m. Monday about a man forcing an employee of Cannasseur Marijuana Dispensary into the store at gunpoint. Once inside, he tied up several employees and ripped all of the phones out of the walls.
He then grabbed a large amount of cannabis, but was unaware that during his robbery deputies had surrounded the building. He was arrested upon trying to leave.
The man arrested was identified as David Lopez, 40, and deputies say he was found with a 9mm Glock pistol. They also suspect that Lopez was casing at least two other dispensaries in the area as well.
Lopez was booked into Pueblo County Jail for False Imprisonment, Kidnapping, Aggravated Robbery and Menacing.
A University of Colorado at Denver study released in February found a medical marijuana dispensary doesn’t have any more crime impact on a neighborhood than a drugstore or coffee shop.
A study in Sacramento, California, noted any crimes occurring in a medical marijuana business tended to receive more media attention than similar robberies of other types of businesses. The Los Angeles Police Department has found banks are four times more likely to be robbed than medical marijuana dispensaries.