Gunfire Erupts During Surge In Robberies Targeting Oakland Pot Dispensaries

From SANFRANCISCO.CBSLOCAL.COM

OAKLAND (CBS SF) — A band of fleeing smash and grab robbers riddled an Oakland police vehicle with bullets early Monday morning in one of a series of weekend break-ins targeting legal marijuana dispensaries.

The crimes came during a wave of smash and grabs targeting retailers in San Francisco, San Jose, Hayward and Walnut Creek.

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Authorities have not said if any of the incidents were related.

Oakland Police PIO Officer Kim Armstead said the shooting incident took place around 3 a.m. at a dispensary in the 8100 block of MacArthur Blvd.

As officers arrived to investigate reports of a break-in, a number of subjects and vehicles were fleeing the scene.

“A suspect inside one of the fleeing vehicles, fired multiple times at a fully marked Oakland Police Department patrol vehicle, striking the vehicle several times,” Armstead told KPIX 5. “Neither of the officers inside of the patrol vehicle were injured.”

The crime scene stretched along MacArthur from Ritchie St. to 82nd Ave. Video shot at the scene showed marijuana plants on the sidewalk in front of the business.

No information has been released as to the suspects or their vehicles.

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