Frustrations simmered during a meeting Wednesday between cannabis merchants, police and representatives of the city’s Office of Cannabis, who convened over videoconference to discuss safety measures for New Year’s Eve.
While officials promised to deploy extra officers, some cannabis business owners said they’ve stopped depending on the city’s protection.
“I don’t expect much,” said Tariq Mizyed Alazraie, owner of the Bay Area Safe Alternatives dispensary that thieves raided at about 4:30 a.m. on Nov. 16.
Surveillance footage showed three patrol cars arrive to the building after a neighbor who heard the blare of the dispensary’s security alarm, called 911, police said. The neighbor reported seeing two or three people inside the shop, removing bags of merchandise and loading them into a gray car parked out front.
In the video, a patrol car shines a spotlight on the possible getaway vehicle, where two suspects wait while a third lingers inside for almost 40 seconds. Police appear to wait as the final suspect leaves the building, jumps into the driver’s seat of the sedan, executes a three-point turn and speeds off.
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