Weed Street pot shop looted in 2nd bur­glary in 2 weeks

Chicago Sun-Times - - TOP NEWS - BY TOM SCHUBA, STAFF RE­PORTER tschuba@sun­times.com | @TomSchuba

Weed Street seemed like a per­fect place for a pot shop.

But since Windy City Cannabis opened in Goose Is­land in late June, bur­glars have tar­geted the store twice — in­clud­ing dur­ing the loot­ing wave early Mon­day that tore through down­town and the Near North Side.

Weed stores that largely only ac­cept cash have be­come at­trac­tive tar­gets since the drug was le­gal­ized for recre­ational use at the start of the year. Roughly a day af­ter Windy City was hit, an­other dis­pen­sary in High­land Park was also bur­glar­ized.

Of­fi­cers re­sponded about 1 a.m. Mon­day to Windy City, 923 W. Weed, and learned the sus­pects had bro­ken into the shop through a glass pa­tio door, ac­cord­ing to Chicago po­lice. The bur­glars made off in a ve­hi­cle with store mer­chan­dise and sev­eral com­put­ers.

Windy City CEO Steve Weis­man said no cash or cannabis was taken, though the store sus­tained some dam­age. Weis­man, who also runs four sub­ur­ban dis­pen­saries, said he isn’t de­terred by the break-in, which comes just over two weeks af­ter po­lice ar­rested two peo­ple at­tempt­ing to get into the shop.

“While our store has been a re­cent tar­get, we con­tinue to be­lieve in the city of Chicago,” he said in a state­ment. “We sup­port the ef­forts for so­cial jus­tice and racial eq­uity tak­ing place in Chicago and across the coun­try, and ad­vo­cate for peace­ful ac­tivism.”

As busi­nesses in the area were ran­sacked late Sun­day and early Mon­day, bur­glars tried six times to gain en­try to the NuEra dis­pen­sary at 1308 W. North, ac­cord­ing to spokesman Jonah Rapino. The ef­forts all proved un­suc­cess­ful.

But early Tues­day, the Elevele dis­pen­sary at 1460 Old Skokie Road in High­land Park was also struck, ac­cord­ing to owner Andy Hunt.

“The vault was se­cured and no prod­uct was taken. More im­por­tant, no­body was in the build­ing at the time of the crime, so no­body was hurt,” said Hunt, who de­clined to pro­vide ad­di­tional de­tails.

Kevin Sa­bet, pres­i­dent and CEO of Smart Ap­proaches to Mar­i­juana, a group that staunchly op­posed the le­gali­wza­tion push in Illi­nois, said the string of dis­pen­sary bur­glar­ies doesn’t sur­prise him.

“We’ve seen this across many le­gal states,” said Sa­bet. “The in­ter­est­ing part is that bur­glars mostly want the prod­uct, not the cash. It’s not so dis­sim­i­lar from jewelry store bur­glar­ies. Mar­i­juana is a valu­able com­mod­ity on the un­der­ground mar­ket, es­pe­cially so in le­gal states.”

AN­THONY VAZQUEZ/SUN-TIMES

Windy City Cannabis at 923 W. Weed St. was bur­glar­ized early Mon­day amid the wave of loot­ing of busi­nesses in and around the down­town area.

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