String of Marijuana Shop Crashes in Palm Springs
Palm Springs Police are on the lookout for the person responsible for backing vehicles into medical marijuana dispensaries three times in the last two weeks.
The vehicles used to crash into the marijuana shops were both stolen Honda Accords.
And in all three cases nothing was taken, but there was major damage to the storefronts.
Wood panels cover the gaping hole in the front of The Holistic Collective.
"We awoke and were really saddened by the news that our building had been destroyed like this," said John Roe, a volunteer and member of The Holistic Collective.
Inside, you can see the damage from the vehicle backing into the store at 2AM on Monday.
"A car just smashed in through our window, we're really not sure quite sure exactly what's going on, we're working with the Palm Springs Police Department to bring to justice who did this," said Roe.
And this isn't the first time, earlier this month someone did similar damage at a different marijuana dispensary miles away.
"In each of these incidents a stolen vehicle was backed into the front of the business causing structural damage, no entry was made, it wasn't a burglary attempt at any means," said Sgt. Mike Kovaleff with the Palm Springs Police Department.
March 3rd, the suspect fled in the vehicle they used to ram the building.
On March 8th, the person tried to light the vehicle on fire after backing into the business. They failed, and ran away.
This third time, a stolen gray Honda Accord was used to bash another building; the car was left behind.
"In each of these incidents, the vehicles were stolen Honda Accords taken from Cathedral City," said Sgt. Kovaleff.
In the second case, a suspect was described as a white or hispanic man in his late teens to mid-twenties, wearing a light colored baseball cap with a dark brim, a dark hooded sweatshirt, dark pants and black and white shoes.
A volunteer at The Holistic Collective says it's not just the hole in their building that's upsetting, it's the void this leaves for their members.
"Really saddened because it's the members who suffer, it's not the people who are actually together with the collective, but it's the members, they can't receive their medication now because of this," said Roe.
So the funds they have to help members with donations, now will go towards fixing the building.
If you have any information on this string of marijuana shop vandalism, you are asked to call Palm Springs Police at 760-323-8140.