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‘Smash and Grab’ Crimes Aren’t Just Targeting High-End Shops. They’ve Moved into Cannabis Too.


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December 22, 2021

Videos of “smash and grab” mob thefts in high-end shopping districts have lately become ubiquitous. Everyone’s seen those images of thieves in hoodies and masks toting off designer purses and jewelry. Observers, however, have typically shrugged. Robbing rich folks? No big deal.

But the smash and grab trend is now spreading to smaller, less affluent retail outlets; and cannabis shops are particular targets.

[Ryan Hale] offered yet another motivating factor for thieves: “Because cannabis is largely a cash industry [most interstate banks won’t do business with them], there’s a perception that every location has hundreds of thousands of dollars of cash on hand,” Hale said.

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