Article by Monte Sonnenberg, Simcoe Reformer
A person received minor injuries this weekend during an armed robbery at a legal marijuana production facility east of Simcoe.
The robbery was reported to police Sunday afternoon around 2:30 p.m.
“It was determined that several unknown suspects armed with handguns attended the address and gained entry into a cannabis farm,” Const. Ed Sanchuk of the Norfolk OPP said Monday in a news release.
“Once inside, one of the victims was assaulted and received minor injuries. The suspects then removed a large quantity of marijuana and fled in a red-coloured Ford pickup truck with a cap on the box along with a U-Haul truck.”
The incident occurred at 681 Townsend Road 14 east of Blue Line Road.
This is the same grow operation that unsuccessfully petitioned Norfolk council earlier this year for an exemption to the county’s setback requirements regarding marijuana production facilities.
Norfolk County adopted the setback regulations due to the large number of odour complaints arising from designated-grower operations in the rural zone.
The grow-op that was robbed this weekend is located in a built-up area in the countryside surrounded on three sides by single-family dwellings.
This is at least the third robbery of a legal grow operation in Norfolk over the past year.
Five Toronto-area men were charged last fall with attempting to rob a production facility on Highway 3 west of Delhi. Victims on site were tied up and assaulted but someone managed to alert police to a robbery in progress. This incident occurred on the night of Oct. 25.