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Sheriff's Dept. provides report on Purple Cross RX burglary

San Benito County Sheriff's Office sent out a news release with more detail on the recent burglary at Purple Cross RX in Hollister


On 11/21/17, approximately 3:41 p.m., the San Benito County Sheriff’s Office went to 1980 Bolsa Road (Purple Cross Rx), regarding a prior burglary.  The deputy met with the owner and was advised that between the timeframe of 11/17/17 and 11/20/17 Purple Cross had been burglarized. 
The owner stated that the following 250 pounds of marijuana plant trimmings and   300 pounds of processed marijuana were taken from his property:
The report stated the owner estimated the trimmings and processed marijuana taken amounted to $500,000.00 worth of product (marijuana). The owner explained that in the first event involving the 300 pounds of processed marijuana, the product was taken from a “hidden/secured” room.  That was determined to be a possible embezzlement or civil matter.
The second event that occurred between Nov. 17 and Nov. 20, involved marijuana plants being “topped” or cut off.  The owner said that approximately 250 pounds of marijuana tops had been taken from his secured greenhouse. The Sheriff's office determined it to be a separate burglary from the embezzlement.
There were no signs of forced entry and the camera system power had been disabled during the same time.
A few days later, deputies responded Nov. 22 to Purple Cross Rx to an attempted burglary and “shots fired” by a security guard.  The security guard told them he had interrupted a burglary after hearing the guard dogs bark. Two subjects were  inside a greenhouse wearing hooded sweatshirts, masks and sunglasses.  One of the males had a white “bag” in his hand while the other had what appeared to be a knife.  The report stated, "As the guard was ordering the males out of the greenhouse, the one with the alleged knife took an aggressive stance and moved toward the guard.  The guard fired one shot and the subjects turned and ran away."  The report said that there was no blood evidence located on or near the property.
Deputies discovered a white pillow case with marijuana tops and a large metal spike where the two subjects climbed over the fence and escaped into the adjacent field.
Anybody with information can call the tip-line at 831 636-4084 or the Investigations Division at 831 636-4080.

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