Early Morning Break-In at Jars Cannabis Store in Hazel Park Under Investigation

March 12th, 2024 Legal & Crime
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Hazel Park police are currently seeking assistance from the public to identify approximately six individuals implicated in the break-in of a cannabis retail outlet. In a daring early morning burglary, thieves utilized a stolen SUV to breach the Jars Cannabis store located at 20731 Dequindre, adjacent to Eight Mile Road.

According to Hazel Park Police Chief Brian Buchholz, the incident was reported at around 4:27 a.m. on Friday, when a nearby business owner, alerted by a loud crash, promptly notified the authorities. The culprits employed a gold-colored Chevrolet Suburban, reported stolen, to forcefully enter the premises, thus creating a significant opening at the back of the store.

The police have managed to secure surveillance footage which captures the essence of the burglary. As of Monday, the exact extent of the stolen goods and their value remains undetermined, pending a comprehensive inventory audit by the business.

Initial investigations suggest that no cash was taken during the break-in. The suspects, described by Chief Buchholz, included six individuals dressed in dark attire, one of whom acted as a lookout while the rest were observed removing items using large trash bags.

Following the burglary, the group fled the scene in a dark blue Chrysler 300, leaving the stolen Suburban behind. The vehicle was later confirmed to have been stolen from Eastpointe, Macomb County. Identifying the suspects poses a significant challenge, with the police suspecting the involvement of individuals experienced in similar crimes. Efforts are underway to collaborate with neighboring jurisdictions in hopes of identifying the perpetrators.

The Hazel Park Police Department is urging anyone with information related to the burglary or potential suspects to come forward and contact them at 248-542-6161.

Jars Cannabis, the victim of the burglary, operates 17 outlets across Michigan, in addition to 18 others in Arizona and Colorado. The Hazel Park location is one of the city's 10 cannabis businesses, the highest number in Oakland County. Despite this incident, local officials maintain that cannabis businesses do not significantly impact crime rates compared to other establishments like bars or restaurants.

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