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More North Seattle marijuana dispensaries burglarized

More North Seattle marijuana dispensaries burglarized
SEATTLE -- A recent rash of marijuana dispensary burglaries doesn't appear to be subsiding in North Seattle, and police say two more businesses were hit this week.

The two most recent burglaries make five North Seattle marijuana dispensaries to be targeted in the past month.

A witness called 911 at 1:45 a.m. Tuesday morning after hearing an alarm going off at a dispensary near NE 86th Avenue and Lake City Way, according to police. The witness reported seeing four people dressed in black and wearing masks running from the building.

When officers arrived moments later, they found a door kicked in at the dispensary, but nothing was reported missing inside.

At about 2:15 a.m. Wednesday morning, police received another report of a burglary at a dispensary on North 87th and Greenwood Avenue North. When officers arrived at the dispensary, they once again found a door kicked in and the sound of a burglar alarm.

Officers soon spotted a masked man running from the scene. Police say the runner was dropping marijuana joints and cash as he tried to make his getaway. Officers gave chase, but lost the man after he ran into a greenbelt.

Back at the dispensary, police noticed a large television was missing from the business.

As officers searched the area, they found a 16-year-old boy hiding in the backseat of a car parked near the dispensary.

The boy said he was waiting for his brother, but officers were dubious when they found a large television in the car, which also happened to "smell strongly of marijuana," according to police.

Officers impounded the car and released the boy to his father. The investigation is ongoing.

Detectives are also trying to determine if there is any connection between this week's burglaries and three other North Seattle burglaries from last month.