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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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