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Looters steal 5MILLION of products from 15 cannabis shops in the San Francisco Bay Area in a single month: One business owner insists it was 'safer to sell on the streets illegally'

After the raid on Eco Cannabis, there was a shootout at the Blum Dispensary in San Leandro

Cannabis shops across the San Francisco Bay Area have been thrown into dire straits as gangs of thieves broke into more than 15 shops throughout November during the series of 'smash-and-grab' robberies plaguing California

Oakland Police Chief LeRonne Armstrong told reporters that 'hundreds' of vehicles targeted marijuana stores in Oakland last month, firing 175 shots and stealing about $5 million worth of products. 

Alphonso 'Tucky' Blunt, owner of Blunts and Moore, told MJBizDaily that his store lost about $25,000 during a November 22 raid, where more than a dozen burglars ransacked the store. 

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'I know 25 or so businesses that got hit … and out of all those, the percentage I know that told me that they may not be able to reopen is about 50 percent. That's scary, Blunt said. 

'I was safer, and had more money, (selling) on the street, illegally.'

A gang of thieves broke into Blunts and Moore on November 22, making off with about $25,000 worth of product as the ransacked the store

A gang of thieves broke into Blunts and Moore on November 22, making off with about $25,000 worth of product as the ransacked the store 

Alphonso 'Tucky' Blunt, owner of the Blunts and Moore cannabis shop, said robberies in San Francisco have gotten so bad that he was safer selling drugs on the streets

Alphonso 'Tucky' Blunt, owner of the Blunts and Moore cannabis shop, said robberies in San Francisco have gotten so bad that he was safer selling drugs on the streets 

It was one of more than 15 robberies reported by the Oakland Police Department, but Blunt said he knows about 25 shops that were hit last month

It was one of more than 15 robberies reported by the Oakland Police Department, but Blunt said he knows about 25 shops that were hit last month

Blunt and other marijuana shop owners said that their businesses are targeted because thieves believe they have a lot of cash on hand, which they said is not the case. 

Blunt estimated that his shop has been vandalized or robbed at least 10 times since opening in 2018. 

Amber Senter, the co-founder of Supernova Women - an Oakland-based nonprofit that helps women of color in the cannabis business - said robberies can be a death knell for dispensaries because insurance coverage is hard for them to get. 

'A lot of these folks are not open and won't be open for a while, because they can't bounce back from these things,' Senter said during a November 29 news conference about the Oakland robberies. 

'They don't have the runway and the extra capital and the war chest of cash to come back from something like this.' 

Senter's own business EquityWorks! Incubator was also robbed, which houses several small social equity marihuana companies.   

Along with Blunt and Senter's businesses, some of the other cannabis shops hit in the Bay Area include: Bay Area Safe Alternatives, Blum Dispensary, Eco Cannabis, Purple Heart Patient Center, Community Gardens, Oakland Embarc Martinez, Phytologie Oakland, and Magnolia Oakland. 

A thief can be seen running away with a bad full of cannabis products from Bay Area Safe Alternatives in late November

A thief can be seen running away with a bad full of cannabis products from Bay Area Safe Alternatives in late November

The Eco Cannabis shop was also ransacked on November 22, with thieves prying open the doors to the dispensary

The Eco Cannabis shop was also ransacked on November 22, with thieves prying open the doors to the dispensary

After the raid on Eco Cannabis, there was a shootout at the Blum Dispensary in San Leandro

After the raid on Eco Cannabis, there was a shootout at the Blum Dispensary in San Leandro

Footage of the Bay Area Save Alternative robbery on November 16 shows a pair of robbers stuffing bags full of cannabis before running out the shop at 4.30 am. 

'I was angry when I saw the footage,' Anisa Alazraie, whose father owns the dispensary, told NBC. She said police had arrived in the middle of the robbery but failed to act quickly enough to stop the robbers. 

Two days later, the Embarc Martinez dispensary was also looted by three armed men wearing ski-masks. A store employee told police the suspects stole a large amount of cannabis and some of his personal belongings before fleeing in a black Honda sedan.  

The following week, the Eco Cannabis store, in Oakland, was targeted by thieves who pried the metal security doors open and raided the story. That same night, armed thieves robbed the Blum Dispensary in nearby San Leandro. 

Police said multiple vehicles pulled up on the dispensary and started shooting, damaging the store.  

Raeven Duckett-Robinson, owner of Community Gardens in Oakland, echoed the concerns about the rampant burglaries after his shop was also robbed last month. He told MJBizDaily that most cannabis shop owners 'living and working hand to mouth' and could not wait for an insurance claim to help them. 

'Even if you do get the insurance money, it's not going to be next week,' Duckett-Robinson said. 

Blunt told KRON4 that Oakland officers advised him to hire armed guards to shoot potential looters, something Armstrong denied during a news conference this week. 

Blunt said that his shop has been vandalized or robbed at least 10 times since opening in 2018

Blunt said that his shop has been vandalized or robbed at least 10 times since opening in 2018

Following the string of robberies, many owners said they might not be able to reopen

Following the string of robberies, many owners said they might not be able to reopen

This map shows the locations of some of the major smash-and-grab robberies that took place in California between November 19 and December 2. The majority of robberies conducted by gangs of thieves have taken place in the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles

This map shows the locations of some of the major smash-and-grab robberies that took place in California between November 19 and December 2. The majority of robberies conducted by gangs of thieves have taken place in the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles

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Comment by John Smith on March 4, 2022 at 1:06am

Loot of the year.. ..

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Comment by caribmama on December 6, 2021 at 5:43pm

Beautiful state and no I do not live there and I feel sad for the residents there and business owners. 

Comment by Tyrone on December 6, 2021 at 5:32pm

@Caribmama, you don't see anyone trying to break into the weed shop around your way because you're probably not living in California.  California is now a free for all.  Do what you want in that place.

Comment by caribmama on December 6, 2021 at 4:15pm

Cali is suffering and everyone is trying to get theirs.

Comment by caribmama on December 6, 2021 at 4:14pm

See what happens when you try to keep the money in your community. Try relocating. I have a weed shop right down my way, I don't see anyone trying to break into there. 

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Comment by Tyrone on December 4, 2021 at 8:26pm

I knew this was gonna be a disaster from the beginning.  The only reason the legalized weed is to benefit from the tax revenues generated.  But, if you have visions of what will be, you would have known this was going to happen.  Please tell me Democratic Bums like the Pelosi's didn't know doing this would cause a spike in crime.  But hey, they don't care.

Comment by mr1stroke on December 4, 2021 at 7:14pm

Lol the sad part that old dinosaur whore have been in,congress since 1987 and still selling the same excuses to the black community, and any one with sense would tell me they are not accepting slavery, what group in America is still begging for equal rights in 2021, not even the illegal Mexicans, or else please name one and for what ?

Comment by Robert on December 4, 2021 at 6:43pm
Nancy pelosi's constituents at their best.
Comment by vaughn mitchell on December 4, 2021 at 5:49pm
Cry me a river.

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