Dual Marijuana Facility Break-ins in Van Buren County Prompt Sheriff's Investigation

January 8th, 2024 Legal & Crime
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Early on Monday, January 8, two marijuana facilities in Van Buren County were the targets of break-ins, prompting an investigation by local law enforcement. The incidents occurred in quick succession, with the first report coming at approximately 3:19 a.m. at Higher Breed, located at 77 E. Main Street in Columbia Township. The response from Van Buren County sheriff's deputies was swift, arriving at the scene within ten minutes. They discovered that, thanks to effective interior security measures, the burglars were unable to access rooms containing marijuana products, and consequently, nothing was stolen from Higher Breed.

Almost concurrently, at around 3:39 a.m., a break-in occurred at Canna 43, situated on County Road 653 in Almena Township. Here, the scenario was different. Three individuals successfully entered the building and managed to escape with an undisclosed quantity of marijuana products before the arrival of the police.

The sheriff's deputies, based on the preliminary evidence, suspect that the same trio was involved in both break-ins. The suspects were described as wearing hoodies, hats, gloves, and masks, concealing their identities effectively. Their vehicle was identified as a black, late-model Jeep Compass with a Michigan license plate that could not be discerned.

The Michigan State Police are assisting the Van Buren County Sheriff's Office in this ongoing investigation. The authorities have urged anyone with relevant information to come forward and assist in the apprehension of the suspects. Members of the public can contact the investigators at 269-657-3101, Crime Stoppers at 800-342-7867, or Silent Observer at 269-343-2100. Additionally, anonymous crime tips can be sent to the Van Buren County Sheriff's Office via text message. To do this, text "CRIMES" (274637) with the keyword VBCTIP from a mobile phone.

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