An illegal west-end pot shop has not let a recent string of robberies run it out of business.
The CannaGreen shop at 102 McEwen Ave., off Richmond Road, was robbed for the third time in two months this past weekend. Late Monday morning, the front glass door of the business remained shattered, evidence of a Saturday night smash and grab.
The vandalized door was propped open, allowing for the scent of pot to emanate from the store that appeared to have patrons coming and going. Two employees — one behind a glass display case and the other behind a wall with a service window where customers receive product from the back room — would not comment on the incident.
“We can’t really say anything, because we don’t know much,” said one employee.
Ottawa police Staff Sgt. Mike Haarbosch of the robbery unit said a passerby reported the latest incident to police Sunday. Haarbosch confirmed the suspects took “various product.”
“There may be some (marijuana product) that was locked up, but there were display cases that certainly were cleaned out; those were emptied. … I can’t really give you an idea of what exactly was taken, which is part of the ongoing issue. Sometimes it’s a struggle to get information out of these places.”
This is the third time this shop has been robbed in the past month. On Saturday, June 17, around 9 p.m., an employee was working when several young men rushed into the store. The staffer, who didn’t want to be identified, said he immediately assumed they were robbers and ran out the back door. The same employee told police the store was also robbed a day earlier, when he was not on duty.