Two armed men robbed Have a Heart marijuana shop at NW 85th Street and 3rd Avenue NW Sunday night and tied up employees, but the store’s manager, who saw the robbery from home on the store’s security camera system, alerted police, who arrested the men as they left the building.
From the SPD Blotter:
Two suspects are in custody because an alert employee contacted police after watching an armed robbery occur at his workplace. The employee, who was at home at the time, watched the robbery take place via the store’s security camera system.
On Sunday night, at approximately 10:20 pm, officers responded to a report of an armed robbery in progress at a marijuana dispensary in the 300 block of NW 85th Street. The report indicated that masked suspects were inside the business, armed with handguns, and tying up employees.
Officers arrived quickly and set up containment around the business. A few minutes later, two suspects walked out the front entrance carrying large duffle bags. Officers immediately gave verbal commands to stop. The suspects dropped the bags and were taken into custody. A handgun was recovered at the scene and later placed into evidence.
Officers searched the business and found that the employees had been able to free themselves and run out another door. The victims were contacted and provided statements to officers. There were no reported injuries.
Robbery detectives responded to the scene and will handle the follow up investigation. The two suspects, ages 36 and 47 were later booked into the King County Jail for investigation of robbery. This remains an active investigation.
KING has surveillance video of the two men bursting through the back door and ordering employees to the floor.