Brazen thieves target Sonoma County cannabis dispensaries on consecutive nights. Is this a new trend? | PD Plus – The Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Shortly before 3 a.m., a small team arrives in expensive cars — at least one Maserati and a Mercedes. They kill the engines in a darkened parking lot. The participants emerge, masked and hooded. They approach the building and begin to force their way in.

It happened on consecutive nights in Sonoma County this week. Early Tuesday morning at Doobie Nights in Santa Rosa, and early Wednesday morning at Down Under Industries in Petaluma, a brazen gang of thieves hit the two cannabis dispensaries.

They are among eight or more large-scale weed burglary or robbery incidents to hit the county since Dec. 1, a pattern that has local cannabis purveyors concerned and mobilized.

“We’re gonna beef up security,” said Damon Crain, co-owner of Doobie Nights. “It’ll be like a third-world country. We’ll have giant gates over the windows.”

The Petaluma Police Department, which assisted with the Down Under break-in response though it occurred outside of city limits, said there is evidence to link the two most recent crimes. It’s unclear whether those burglaries are related to previous events.

The Santa Rosa thefts are part of an active and open investigation, according to Santa Rosa Chief of Police John Cregan, and

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