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Burglars break cement wall, cut through vault door to steal medical marijuana from dispensary

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Posted at 3:45 PM, Aug 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-11 15:45:54-04

PAINESVILLE TOWNSHIP, Ohio — Some brazen burglars didn’t let a reinforced concrete wall or steel vault stop them from breaking into a dispensary in Painesville Township and pilfering medical marijuana on Monday.

Authorities said that the building’s alarm was tampered with prior to the burglary. At around 10 p.m. and again at 4 a.m., the facility’s manager was alerted regarding a connection loss, but no alarms were tripped.

Deputies responded to the medical marijuana facility, which is located in the 300 block of Blackbrook Road, later that morning around 8:37 a.m.

According to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, when deputies arrived, they found that the facility’s back door has been forced open.

Authorities said it appears that whoever broke into the dispensary smashed their way through a layer of drywall that gave them access to a back hallway.

The burglars then broke through a section of reinforced concrete to where the vault was located, but they were unable to get to the vault through the wall. Undeterred, the burglars then used “cutting tools” to slice their way through the steel vault door.

Once inside the vault, the burglars took an unknown amount of marijuana as well as cash that was inside a safe stored inside.

Anyone with information regarding the burglary is asked to call the Lake County Sheriff’s Office at 350-5620

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