Youths who stole a few bongs and lighters from pot accessory shop now face slew of charges

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Officers with the Chatham-Kent Police Service (CKPS) responded to an alarm at Willy’s 420 Supplies in downtown Chatham, Ont. just in time to see two youths in dark clothing running from the scene, only to be caught a short time later. Police say thieves used air casts, crutches to make cannabis store robbery getaway Dispensary manager packing bear spray turns robbery attempt into robbery fail SUBTLE: Thieves use car as battering ram to break into dispensary, steal weed products The alarm to the head shop, which provides cannabis-related accessories, was triggered at about 1:30 a.m. on Apr. 8, prompting the police response. Arriving on the scene, the officers saw the two fleeing youths and managed to take them into custody following a short foot chase, notes a statement from the CKPS . Through investigation, the police report they learned the youths forced their way inside, smashing the front door in the process, and damaged three glass cabinets before stealing several bongs and lighters. The youths each face charges of break and enter, theft under $5,000, possessing property obtained by a crime under $5,000 and mischief over $5,000. Both were released pending an appearance in court on May 10, 2021. Robberies of pot and accessory shops are hardly new. Two years ago, the owner of a cannabis store in Niagara Falls, Ont. was awoken after receiving a call from an alarm company, also at 1:30 a.m. In early 2020, a Tokyo Smoke outlet in Oshawa, Ont. was robbed by masked and armed thieves who emptied the dispensary tills before fleeing to a waiting vehicle. And in late 2019, Edmonton police reported there had been four such thefts in just a month. According to Cova Software , which services dispensaries, preventing pot shop theft demands upgrading security systems, suggesting security cameras, alarms…

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