Armed robbery at Tulare Co medical pot collective

GOSHEN, Calif.

Sheriff's investigators say three men stole a large amount of marijuana from the medical marijuana collective. Lt. Cheri Lehner said, "To my understanding it was in mason jars and then in bags."

The collective has only been at this location for two months but has been operating in Goshen for more than four years.

Patients like Rita Mccrow -- who uses medical marijuana to ease the pain from two tumors she has -- says the crime makes her nervous. "It was kind of upset because people like us we really need it and we're sick and stuff and we need a place to go."

Mccrow says she went by the collective Wednesday and noticed more than five sheriff's deputies investigating on scene most of the afternoon. "The owner said something happened so we couldn't get in and they weren't letting nobody in because it just happened so... it's kind of sad."

On Thursday Moore Electric spent the afternoon installing several security cameras on site. The Tulare County Sheriff's Office says the collective is in compliance with the county's ordinance and haven't had any prior incidents here.

Investigators are concerned about the robbery which took place when several employees were inside working and the facility was open to patients. Lt. Lehner said, "Any time you have any type of incident of violent nature it concerns us and the general public being in danger concerns us."

Sheriff's deputies have only a vague vehicle description -- a small silver or grey-colored vehicle. They're encouraging people to use their anonymous TipNow service if they have any information on this case.

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