Medical Marijuana in Bozeman

Medical marijuana is shown at a dispensary in Bozeman in this 2016 Chronicle file photo.

Bozeman police are investigating attempted break-ins at two medical marijuana dispensaries this week.

According to police, the first attempted break-in happened Sunday shortly before 6 p.m. at Spark1 dispensary, located at 1008 N. Seventh Ave.

A nearby business owner reported to police that he saw the suspects, who were wearing masks, trying to break in. They had smashed the glass door with a rock.

The business owner fired a warning shot with a shotgun and the suspects fled. Police did not locate them.

On Tuesday night at around 11:30 p.m., the owner of KannaKare Health Services at 1502 Gold Ave. reported that someone attempted to break into the dispensary. The suspect or suspects took the screen off one window and broke glass.

That was the second recent break-in attempt reported at KannaKare. On the night of Oct. 30, an alarm company contacted the business about a break-in. Someone from the business responded and found signs of an attempted break-in, but there were no suspects on scene.

Bozeman police have not made any arrests in the three incidents. They are continuing to investigate.

Bozeman Police Detective Sgt. Joe Swanson said break-ins are common, with suspects typically looking for cash. “There’s a lot of businesses that get burglarized in Bozeman, unfortunately.”

With marijuana dispensaries in particular, “there’s a known substance inside that people want,” which could be a motive, he said. But, Swanson added, “we’re exploring other possibilities.”

Anyone with information on these recent incidents is asked to call Bozeman Detective Robert Vanuka at 582-2246. Tips can also be given anonymously to Crimestoppers at 586-1131 or emailed to policetips@bozeman.net. Rewards may be available.

In September, suspects broke into one dispensary and attempted to break into another, both in Four Corners.

That night, suspects stole 14 grams of marijuana from Treasure Tree dispensary on Shepherd Trail. They also attempted to break into Greener Pastures on Pioneer Way, causing damage to the building.

Capt. Ryan Stratman said no suspects were arrested in connection with those incidents.

Whitney Bermes can be reached at wbermes@dailychronicle.com or 582-2648. Follow her on Twitter at @wabermes.

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