Police Probe Separate Armed Robberies on Pot Dispensaries in Toronto, Hamilton

Police released an image from surveillance video of two suspects they say robbed a marijuana dispensary on Friday night
Police released an image from surveillance video of two suspects they say robbed a marijuana dispensary on Friday night. (Hamilton Police Service)

Police are investigating two separate incidents of armed robberies in two Ontario cities – Toronto and Hamilton, the Canadian media reported on Tuesday.

Toronto police are investigating an armed robbery at a shop believed to be operating as a pot dispensary in Bloordale Village, the local CP24 reported.

While Trudeau’s government is pushing with its tight deadline to legalize marijuana nationwide, recreational cannabis is currently considered illegal in Canada.

The incident took place at around 9 p.m. at a store called the Amsterdam Head Shop, located near Bloor Street and Lansdowne Avenue in Toronto, but it wasn’t reported until around 10:30 p.m.

No one was injured following the robbery, said the complainants. They told police that they were robbed by suspects, who were carrying guns and knives.

Some items were taken from the shop, but no specific details were released.

Toronto police are investigating an armed robbery at a shop believed to be operating as a pot dispensary in Bloordale Village
Toronto police are investigating an armed robbery at a shop believed to be operating as a pot dispensary in Bloordale Village. (Image via CP24)

In Hamilton

Meanwhile, in Hamilton, about 75 kilometers south of Toronto, police are investigating an armed robbery at a marijuana dispensary on George Street in Hess Village. Police said the incident took place late Friday night, the national CBC reported on Tuesday.

Two masked men stormed the storefront armed with weapons, police said, citing witness account of an employee, who was working at the dispensary around 11:30 p.m. Friday.

The employee was assaulted, and two suspects took cash and merchandise before they were last seen crossing George Street, police said.

Police believe that the store was targeted “due to the nature of the business” and that there is no threat to public safety.

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