3 men rob illegal Santa Ana marijuana dispensary – OCRegister

SANTA ANA – Three men robbed an illegally run marijuana dispensary Monday night and left with an undisclosed amount of cash and pot, police said.

Santa Ana Police Department officials responded to reports of a robbery shortly before 9 p.m. at a marijuana dispensary in the 800 block of East Dyer Road.

Officials said the store was about to close and two employees were ready to put cash in a safe when three men armed with handguns entered, police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said.

The men, described as in their 20s or 30s, robbed the store of an undisclosed amount of cash and marijuana before fleeing in a four-door sedan.

Investigators will determine Tuesday whether surveillance footage is available from inside the store.

Medical marijuana dispensaries are illegal to operate in Santa Ana, and many move locations often to avoid police detection, Bertagna said.

Robbery detectives are focusing on catching the armed thieves, but the information about the illegal dispensary will be forwarded to investigators who handle such stores, and charges against the store owner may come later, Bertagna said.

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