By Doug Oakley
Bay Area News Group East Bay
Two Santa Cruz area men who told Berkeley police they are legitimate medical marijuana farmers lost $7,000 in weed to two burglars who smashed a window in their van and drove off with 2.5 pounds.
The two victims reported the theft to police at 4:45 p.m. Friday, said Berkeley police Acting Lt. Mike Dougherty.
"Yes, we do get victims who report that someone stole their marijuana," Dougherty said.
The two victims were eating at Nation's Giant Hamburgers on University Avenue around 4 p.m. when two men pulled up in an older white Mazda RX7, smashed the window and took the marijuana, Dougherty said.
The whole event was caught on surveillance tape.
Dougherty said the victims, however, are most likely not even legitimate medical marijuana "caregivers," and are more likely just "a couple of guys who grew some weed and came up here to try to offload it."
Dougherty said the documents the victims showed police "were not the official medical marijuana caregiver cards that we typically see." And they told police they tried to sell the weed to all three of Berkeley's medical marijuana dispensaries but were rejected by all three.
"That tells me they may not be legitimate, regular vendors," Dougherty said. "These dispensaries want to abide by the rules."
No arrests have been made in the theft case. Dougherty said the victims probably won't face arrest if it turns out they are not legitimate caregivers.
"They could be arrested, but probably not," Dougherty said. "This is Berkeley."