1 Arrested, 1 Sought in OB Marijuana Dispensary Robbery

Surveillance cameras captured clear images of the suspects in the robbing of an Ocean Beach marijuana collective

By Nicole Gonzales, R. Stickney and Monica Garske
|  Friday, Jun 7, 2013  |  Updated 7:59 PM PDT
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A brazen armed robbery, two men pull a heist at a local medical marijuana dispensary. NBC 7's Nicole Gonzales reports on new surveillance images of  the robbery.

A brazen armed robbery, two men pull a heist at a local medical marijuana dispensary. NBC 7's Nicole Gonzales reports on new surveillance images of the robbery.

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Police have identified two suspects wanted in connection with the robbery of a marijuana dispensary in Ocean Beach.

Detectives say suspects Sai Taylor, 19, and Malcolm Hune, 21, robbed The Storefront marijuana dispensary at 4051 Voltaire Street around 11 a.m. on May 27.

Taylor has been arrested and is currently out on bond awaiting trial, but police say Hune (pictured below) remains at large. Anyone with information on his whereabouts should contact SDPD at (619) 531-2299 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

The dispensary’s surveillance camera system captured clear images of the men suspected of robbing the Ocean Beach store on May 27.

The images from the store’s surveillance cameras show two men without masks or disguises entering the building. One of the men was clearly holding a gun.

Officials said the evidence shows one suspect punching an employee. Then at the back of the store, a shirtless man is ordered to open the safe, while being held at gunpoint.

After that, the suspects hop into a car which officials believe may be a white Toyota Camry.

“This was the kick in the pants on the way out the door,” an employee told NBC 7 San Diego asking that he not be identified.

The employee said the collective was set to close for good on Tuesday, May 28. They wanted to close on their own terms, rather than getting shut down by federal agents.

Timeline: Medical Marijuana in San Diego

Raids have become increasingly frequent, even though California law permits medical marijuana dispensaries.

“It's the absence of regulation that makes people like us vulnerable to these types of attacks,” the employee said.

In all, the employee said the thieves got away with $2,000 worth of marijuana and cash leaving behind canisters of weed in the showcases.

In the future, The Storefront will consider its options, including reopening as another brick-and-mortar or going to an all-delivery system.

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