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Police Dogs Assist in Tracking Down Pot Club Robbery Suspects

Weapons were fired by suspects at marijuana dispensary in San Rafael on Thursday afternoon.

and its canine units were involved in the arrest of three men suspected of robbing a marijuana dispensary in San Rafael on Thursday afternoon, sources said.

Three men were arrested after a police pursuit and multi-agency search, and a fourth male suspect is still at large as of Friday, Marin County Sheriff's Sgt. Mark Hale.

The men entered the Going Green dispensary at 294 N. San Pedro Road through an unlocked back door at 4:45 p.m., ordered occupants on the ground at gunpoint and stole cash and marijuana, Hale said. One of the suspects also fired a gun inside the dispensary, he said.

The suspects left in a four-door, black Toyota east on North San Pedro Road toward China Camp, Hale said. Deputies pursued the suspects, who sped away from an attempted traffic stop and drove on Oak Drive in San Rafael, according to Hale.

The California Highway Patrol's helicopter and San Rafael and Novato police also responded, Hale said.

The suspects then fled from the vehicle and were found in a marsh in the area of Oak and Marine drives in unincorporated Marin County, Hale said. A handgun was found beside the Toyota, he said. Deputies also found dark clothing worn by the fourth suspect, Hale said.

Alonzo Eriberto Sandoval, 18, of San Rafael, Ruben Torres, 22, of Santa Venetia, and Brandon Mervin James Spencer, 19, of Santa Venetia, were arrested between 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. and booked into Marin County Jail on suspicion of burglary, robbery and conspiracy to commit a crime. They are being held under $75,000 bail and are scheduled to be arraigned Monday morning in Marin County Superior Court.

— Bay City News Service

SHROYER FOR SUPERVISOR 2014 April 22, 2012 at 06:10 AM
Hooray for our Novato Police Dogs! Thank you Novato for your support of them!
Kevin Moore April 26, 2012 at 04:09 PM
Wow, they live in Santa Venita and still robbed the place? My guess is they smoked too much of the product while planning a robbery. I guess that explains why they robbed a place with one escape route past the Sheriff's department and the other a long windy road. No need to leave the area as long as you plan on never shopping at 7-11 again.

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