MLPD seeks suspects in dispensary burglary

The Mammoth Lakes Police Department is seeking the community’s assistance in identifying the suspects involved in an early morning burglary at the Mammoth Lakes Wellness Marijuana Dispensary.

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At about 4:00 A.M. on Monday March 9th, Mammoth Lakes Police officers were advised of a burglary that had just occurred at the dispensary. Prior to officers’ arrival, a female employee drove to the business to turn off the alarm. Upon arrival, she noticed broken glass at the front entrance and called the owner.

As the employee stood near the front entrance, a suspect exited from the business through a hole in the glass. The employee turned and ran toward her car, with the suspect giving chase. The employee made it into her car and shut the door. The suspect began punching her car window while yelling verbal threats at her. The employee was able to drive away and was unhurt. She last saw the suspect running southbound toward Center Street and the Shady Rest forest.

459 suspect parking lotUpon reviewing the security videos and interviewing the employee, Mammoth Lakes Police officers have concluded there are at least two suspects. They were also able to identify at least one suspect vehicle, seen casing the business. The dispensary operator is cooperating with investigating officers and working with the Mammoth Lakes Police Department to bring these suspects to justice.

The suspects were able to use a fire extinguisher to break the windows for access to the lobby area, but were unable to access the rest of the business.

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The suspects attempted to conceal their identities; however officers were able to get footage of their faces. One of the suspects was described as a male, 5’7”-5’9”, thin build, blue or light colored hooded sweatshirt, white mask or towel covering his upper body, blue or green eyes. One suspect was wearing a ‘Bulls’ cap.

Officers are looking for a dark SUV with a spare tire, similar to a Jeep Liberty.

Anyone with information on this crime is asked to contact the Mammoth Lakes Police Department. You may contact the police station at (760) 934-2011, the Tip Line at (760) 934-3261, via e-mail or the Mammoth Lakes Police Department Facebook page where you can view several photos and a short video clip. You may remain anonymous.

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For further information call MLPD Sergeant Marc Moscowitz at 760 934-2011.

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Mtn Man
Mtn Man
7 years ago

“Meth is one hell of a drug”

DESCO
DESCO
7 years ago

@ pissed Many, many years ago, when I lived in Simi Valley, a story in the paper, no internet then, mentioned that Simi had no night time police force. Shortly there after car loads of gangs, from the then hell holes of Watts and South Central, started arriving in town… Read more »

Big Rick O'Brien
Big Rick O'Brien
7 years ago
Reply to  DESCO

That scenario would never fly nowadays…HALF of the LAPD live in Simi Valley now.

Pissed
Pissed
7 years ago

Will you please quit advertising the best times to commit a crime

The drugees might catch on

Badfinger39
Badfinger39
7 years ago

When are we gonna get our own Dispensary in Lone Pine?

Low-Inyo
Low-Inyo
7 years ago
Reply to  Badfinger39

Badfinger39:.I still don’t understand some clamouring for some type of dispensary in any of these little towns in Inyo County.For those that choose to indulge in the herb,as long as they’re not really stupid about getting it and doing it,there isn’t a sole in any town in America that can’t… Read more »

Trouble
Trouble
7 years ago

Hi Chief Watson, I’d like to hear your opinion on Mammoth using volunteer police to possibly cover those hours? Thank you.

Dan Watson
Dan Watson
7 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

Volunteer police are Reserve Officers. MLPD has a small number and they have different levels of authority. They are a valuable resource and supplement regular officers. They are used during to cover when regular officers aren’t available and to supplement staffing during peak hours. Reserve Officers should be deployed when… Read more »

Low-Inyo
Low-Inyo
7 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

Trouble…..That can be a slippery-slope.I lived in a small town that tried that,and seemed it caused more problems than what it was worth.Like Chief Watson stated,Officers do respond to alarm calls,only they must do it from their homes and not while on patrol and on-duty at the time.In the town… Read more »

sugar magnolia
sugar magnolia
7 years ago
Reply to  Low-Inyo

yeah, like George Zimmerman!

Low-Inyo
Low-Inyo
7 years ago
Reply to  sugar magnolia

Sugar Magnolia:…George Zimmerman is the PERFECT example !!.Some cop wanna-be,self-appointed “authority” thinking just cause he might know a few real cops,and no one might be around to witness his actions towards another he might not like in “his” neighborhood he can do as he pleases,then cry “self-defense”.Maybe works sometimes,like it… Read more »

erik simpson
erik simpson
7 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

The thought of Trouble as a volunteer policeman is, well… Troubling.

Trouble
Trouble
7 years ago
Reply to  erik simpson

Erik,I never said i wanted to be a peace officer. Take away our countries bull…. war on drugs and I might reconsider. Besides I think i’m capable of defending myself. If I was in the law field it would most likely be on the defensive side. Thanks for responding Chief… Read more »

Charles O. Jones
Charles O. Jones
7 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

I guess jokes just aren’t as funny when you’re not the one telling them, Trouble.

Trouble
Trouble
7 years ago

Charles, are you the new hall monitor?

Charles O. Jones
Charles O. Jones
7 years ago

@Trouble,
Nope.
I’m just a baseball fan and I like to “call ’em as I see ’em”

Trouble
Trouble
7 years ago

Fan or Umpire? Either way, your not supposed to eat off your own plate!

BIG Rick O'Brien
BIG Rick O'Brien
7 years ago

If females (or anyone for that matter) are going to respond to alarm calls when there is no PD presence, the new Chief should be issuing some CCW permits, RIGHT ?

The Aggressive Progressive
The Aggressive Progressive
7 years ago

Do you know what we REALLY need? as a country and a individual? EDUCATION! And how much does recreational Marijuana taxes in Colorado give to public education/future generations? Maybe you should educate yourself on that! You know it is mostly the under-educated who do this type of activity in the… Read more »

Milky
Milky
7 years ago

It brings a new meaning to the phrase “casing the joint.” They call it dope for a reason. Duh! Nice disguise. Is that bevus and buthead!

Humble Opinion
Humble Opinion
7 years ago

I recently found an interesting website, http://www.transparentcalifornia.com. This website gives 2013 salary data, which included Mammoth Lakes PD. I don’t live in Mammoth, but I hope the PD is making sure their employees are protecting and serving because they are making a lot of money. Officer Lehr – $228,470.63 (Total… Read more »

Dan Watson
Dan Watson
7 years ago
Reply to  Humble Opinion

Officers do respond to alarm calls in the middle of night, Humble Opinion, but from home because no one is on duty. That’s because when the Town Council at the time had to figure out how to make the $2 million a year payment for the MLLA lawsuit settlement, they… Read more »

Tourbillon
Tourbillon
7 years ago
Reply to  Dan Watson

“they decided to take the majority of it out of the Police Department budget”. Of course they did – MLPD is by far the largest budget line item for TOML. No one else gets nearly as much TOML money as MLPD.

sean
sean
7 years ago
Reply to  Humble Opinion

Humble – I think MLPD is so low on officers that they had to work overtime just to keep officers on on-duty during the regular shifts and handle normal calls for service. This is the irony of CITY MANAGERS cutting the Police Department. They THINK they are saving money but… Read more »

Charles O. Jones
Charles O. Jones
7 years ago
Reply to  Humble Opinion

@HO, I’m familiar with that link and I believe the numbers are accurate. But keep in mind that these numbers do not represent salary alone, they are total compensation. Total comp encompasses everything from salary to overtime to healthcare to retirement to sick leave to vacation time to worker’s comp… Read more »

High Water
High Water
7 years ago

Please Google prison industry complex.

Please Google where is my original BIRTH CERTIFICATE.

Please Google spoonfedtruth.

I’m waking up and you should too.

High Water
High Water
7 years ago

The law only applies to us! The avg Joe the ‘The war on drugs’ is a joke and y ‘all know it. The real criminals are in Washington D.C. they can break any law they want and laugh in our face. We need to come together and put the real… Read more »

Trouble
Trouble
7 years ago

Why didn’t the police respond to the alarm?

sean
sean
7 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

Trouble – I don’t think there are any MLPD Officers on duty from 3 am to 7 am. Someone correct me if I am wrong about that. Total BS if you ask me. Town council and the city manager need to fix that. It is only a matter of time… Read more »

Charles O. Jones
Charles O. Jones
7 years ago
Reply to  sean

Amen Sean.
I hope it doesn’t take a tragedy for the town council to wake up and give the cops the funding they need for 24/7 staffing.

Sierra Lady
Sierra Lady
7 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

@ Trouble, because she (the employee responding to the alarm) never called the police (that mistake could have cost her life!). Plus the MLPD don’t have any officers on from 3-7 a.m. due to the Town Council’s budget cuts and thieves know this.

B. Richter

Low-Inyo
Low-Inyo
7 years ago
Reply to  Sierra Lady

..Wonder why the female employee is the one to respond and turn off the alarm ?…Why not the manager and/or owner of the place.I know in the bigger cities and towns,L.A.,Sacramento,etc,many of the owners have a conceal-carry permit knowing this type of thing is kinda bound to happen, and have… Read more »

ovlove
ovlove
7 years ago

WAKE UP PEOPLE! Prohibition is not the answer and has proven to be counteractive. The war on drugs has failed miserably. Illicit drug use and availability has continued to increase, despite the millions of dollars the goverment spends each year to eliminate it. Illicit drugs are cheaper now than ever… Read more »

ovlove
ovlove
7 years ago

A thief is a thief. No need to turn this into something that it is not. Marijuana laws have nothing to do burglary. They are two seperate issues. Since when do criminals take any laws into consideration? THEY ARE STEALING! STEALING IS AGAINST THE LAW!

Father O'twogirls
Father O'twogirls
7 years ago

They just wanted to get “WELL”

Rosie
Rosie
7 years ago

If they just wanted to get well, I wish they could do it in jail! What if they had hurt that employee . that’s tacky. I don’t care if they just want to smoke a little, but NOT that way.It appears that they are just thugs any way.

johnjcampnfish
johnjcampnfish
7 years ago

I guess we’ll have to rethink this idea that legalizing drugs will reduce crime.

Trouble
Trouble
7 years ago
Reply to  johnjcampnfish

We have almost no real drug related crime in the Sierra. It’s about the money. Any fool can find drugs at will in any town without stealing them. We are lucky up here that are police do a great job of keeping the gangs out of our schools and neighbor… Read more »

Desert Tortoise
Desert Tortoise
7 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

Seems there is a pretty steady drum beat of local drug crimes in the eastern Sierra/Owens Valley. We read about it here every week and most of it is with locals, not out of towners passing through.

Eastside Bum
Eastside Bum
7 years ago

An illegal drug by federal law, a drug still controlled by state law, and considered an illicit drug by many in America. Is it any wonder crime follows this industry like a dust storm on a windy day?

The Aggressive Progressive
The Aggressive Progressive
7 years ago
Reply to  Eastside Bum

Actually… the crime really followed once these substances became criminalized, and to keep criminalization in place should be a crime on humanity after realizing how it paralyzes real productivity for the people.. I mean we can’t just forget about all the propaganda the generations in the past 80 years have… Read more »

Sean
Sean
7 years ago

Stealing weed is one thing (almost expect the place to get hit) but chasing and threatening the employee is a whole different level of crook. What would have happened if they caught her? Would they have harmed her? Raped her? Murdered her because she was a witness? I would like… Read more »

Tourbillon
Tourbillon
7 years ago
Reply to  Sean

Taxpayer-funded security at 4 A.M. for pot dealerships is not the most compelling use of our wages. If you run a business such as marijuana peddling that by its nature attracts a disproportionately large criminal element, you should have the responsibility to supplement taxpayer protection with your own private security,… Read more »

Charles O. Jones
Charles O. Jones
7 years ago
Reply to  Tourbillon

If you take ML’s 8200+ residents and add to that the estimated 2.8 million visitors each year, you have an average daily population in excess of 15,000. Can you provide us with a list of cities that have a population in excess of 15,000 and no police officers on duty?

Desert Tortoise
Desert Tortoise
7 years ago

Visitors do not pay property taxes like residents do to fund a municipal government. Try raising hotel taxes and taxes on other tourist services to compensate for the demand they place on municipal services and see how that goes over. I could almost write the remarks that would be posted… Read more »

Charles O. Jones
Charles O. Jones
7 years ago

Propertty taxes alone do not provide adequate funding for ML’s basic services – not even close. According to the town’s General Fund budget documents, Transient Occupnacy Tax (TOT) accounts for over 50% of the town’s revenues followed by property taxes which represent roughly 20%. The third highest percentage is sales… Read more »

sugar magnolia
sugar magnolia
7 years ago
Reply to  Tourbillon

Tourbillion – Holy crap, what crazy logic you employ. Medicinal marijuana is legal, so tell me again what ‘criminal element’ they are attracting? They are a legitimate business, operating under the law and deserve the same protections as any other business. How about banks, and their butt loads of cash….sporting… Read more »

Trouble
Trouble
7 years ago

Cheech and Chong strike again!

Sean
Sean
7 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

Cheech and Chong didn’t chase women through parking lots at 4 am and threaten them. We would be making jokes if she had been harmed. Luckily she had the skills to get away. You wouldn’t be making jokes if that was your daughter, sister, or wife. Lets find these guys.… Read more »

Trouble
Trouble
7 years ago
Reply to  Sean

Wow Sean, sure glad your not on my jury. It was just a joke.

Desert Tortoise
Desert Tortoise
7 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

You are the joke Trouble. When are you going to finally grow up and act like an adult?

Tinner
Tinner
7 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

More like Beavis and Butthead and Beavis’ alter ego “The Great Cornhilio.”
These guys are complete morons, MLPD will have them apprehended by the end of the week.