Sturgis Faces Attempted Break-ins at Cannabis Establishments

September 13th, 2023 Legal & Crime
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In Sturgis, Ryan Banaszak, the Director of Public Safety, has reported a series of break-in attempts at licensed marijuana establishments during the early hours of a recent Sunday.

Banaszak confirmed, "There were three establishments targeted, although details remain limited due to the ongoing nature of the investigation."

Within the bounds of Sturgis, eight retail marijuana dispensary licenses have been issued alongside three grow licenses, as per the records of the Cannabis Regulatory Agency. Of the establishments affected by these recent attempts, Banaszak disclosed that they represent a mix of both retail and grow facilities.

Addressing the broader context, the director emphasized, "Such incidents aren't unprecedented in our state. Currently, we're in active collaboration with various law enforcement agencies across Michigan on this matter. Consequently, to ensure the integrity of our investigations, we're maintaining discretion regarding specific details."

Earlier this year, in March, Michigan's Attorney General, Dana Nessel, signed off on 12 warrants in relation to suspects believed to be connected to a spate of 20 break-ins that targeted marijuana dispensaries in May 2022, as conveyed by her office.

A noteworthy incident from Nessel's report mentioned the collaborative effort between her office and the Calhoun County Sheriff's Department. This collaboration successfully led to the identification of involved individuals after one of them was caught in the act of trying to access the contents of a stolen safe — his method being to drop it from a significant height.

Moreover, Michigan State Police have recently sought the public's help to identify and locate two suspects. These individuals are believed to be responsible for a series of break-ins at marijuana dispensaries in Jackson and Calhoun counties, particularly in the wee hours of May 25th.

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