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Fort Carson Soldiers Caught Breaking Into Marijuana Dispensary

  1. Terrapinzflyer
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    Shop owner, with marijuana supply intact, thanks a 'great police department'

    Soldiers trapped inside a medical marijuana dispensary until they were freed by police, officers said.

    Darius Thomas, 23, Cory Young, 22, and Ramone Hollins, 22, were arrested on suspicion of second-degree burglary at Rocky Road Remedies, 2489 S. Academy Blvd., near the intersection with Astrozon Boulevard.

    Police say the trio forced open a back door sometime before 2 a.m.

    When the door closed, however, the lock re-engaged and left the men unable to get out the way they came in, said Colorado Springs police Sgt. Jennifer Lewis.

    Officer Alan Vantland spotted the men inside after arriving to check on a complaint at a neighboring business, police said.

    The soldiers tried to escape through the front door, but it wouldn’t budge and iron bars prevented them from forcing their way out, Lewis said. They were trapped until police could free them, she said.

    “We were able to open the back door from the outside, and they came out” she said.

    The owner, Renze Waddington, said the men were inside for a matter of minutes before they were detected and they didn't have a chance to take anything. The store's marijuana supply and cash were secured in a safe, he said.

    The three were already under arrest by the time Waddington's security company, ADT, called police to report the break-in.

    "We've got a great police department in Colorado Springs," Waddington said.

    Surveillance video shows the men "running around like rats in a maze" after spotting the cops outside, who were called to a disturbance at a bar next door, Waddington said.

    "There's a lot of security to keep people out, but it ended up keeping them in," said Maegan Swain, a clerk at Rocky Road Remedies.

    Swain said the break-in showed more about the nature of thieves than dangers of medical marijuana. If people want something, she said, they may be willing to steal to get it.

    "People break in to liquor stores, and people break in to pharmacies," she said. "We're just grateful for the police."

    The suspects were booked into El Paso County jail on a $10,000 bond.

    Jail records indicate all three are on active duty at Fort Carson. A Fort Carson spokeswoman said she could not immediately provide additional information about the three.

    November 13, 2010 10:04 AM


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  1. Terrapinzflyer
    [imgl=white]http://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=17949&stc=1&d=1290149344[/imgl]Soldiers: No sir, we're here to get rid of the marijuana

    Three Fort Carson soldiers had a perfectly good explanation for allegedly breaking into a pot dispensary in Colorado Springs early Saturday.

    It was a public service.

    “We were just trying to get rid of all the marijuana,” Pfc. Ramone Hollins told officers after the trio were arrested inside Rocky Road Remedies at 2489 S. Academy Blvd. on the city’s southeast side, according to an arrest affidavit.

    Hollins, 22, Pfc. Darius Thomas, 23, and Pvt. Cory Young, 22, were arrested on suspicion of second-degree burglary after police say they accidentally locked themselves inside the dispensary during a burglary-gone-bad.

    Officers freed the men and they were booked into El Paso County jail, each on a $10,000 bond.

    All three soldiers were in the 1st Battalion, 2nd Aviation Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, an attack helicopter unit at Fort Carson.

    Hollins is detailed to human resources, Young is an Apache mechanic and Thomas is a unit supply specialist, service records show. None had served in combat.

    Colorado Springs police Officer Joseph Langlais said in the arrest affidavit that police were on an unrelated call at a neighboring business just after 2 a.m. when they heard someone banging on glass inside the pot dispensary.

    The dispensary had closed for the night, police said.

    While several officers guarded the front, Langlais went around to the back and saw that the door knob had been knocked from the door and was lying on the ground, leaving a large hole.

    Through the hole, Langlais said he saw a “dark-colored finger” poking at the dead bolt, which had apparently re-engaged in the door jamb after the break-in.

    “I announced ‘Police!’ at which time the finger quickly retracted into the business and I immediately heard at least two voices screaming profanities,” he wrote.

    After being arrested, two of the suspects told officers they broke in with the best of intentions: They were going to steal the marijuana not to sell or smoke but to destroy it, Langlais said.

    The store owner, Renze Waddington, said the men were inside for a matter of minutes and didn’t have a chance to take anything before they were detected. The store’s marijuana and cash were secured in a safe, he said.

    Surveillance footage showed the trio running from one end of the store to another “like rats in a maze” after realizing police were outside, Waddington said.

    A drilling hammer and two chisels were among the burglary tools found outside the back entrance, police said.

    November 18, 2010 2:14 PM

  2. zero pulse
    Bull shit they were going to destroy it. xDD
  3. Milk man
    They were probably going to destroy it in a bowl for a bong or pipe. Might even destroy a cigar at the same time :p
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