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July 28, 2012 at 10:02 AM

Pot dispensary robbed in Lake City

Robbers broke into a medical-marijuana clinic early Saturday, holding a security guard at gunpoint and making off with a carload of plants, according to Seattle Police.

Det. Jeff Kappel said the three robbers “indicated by their actions that they were familiar with the facility,” located in the 8600 block of Lake City Way N.E.

Officers responded to a call from the 70-year-old night watchman around 4:30 a.m. According to Kappel, the robbers, two of them armed with handguns, forced their way into the building. and held the watchman at gunpoint while they filled his car with about 40 marijuana plants and a laptop. They fled in the vehicle, a red 1993 Toyota Camry stationwagon.

The victim, who reported he did not know the robbers, was not injured, Kappel said.

Robbery detectives are investigating the incident. In addition, narcotics detectives are investigating to determine whether the dispensary is operating within the bounds of the law.

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