The Sonora Police Department released still photos from surveillance video of four men suspected to be responsible for robbing Sonora’s only medical-only cannabis dispensary, Hazy Bulldog Farms, of approximately $69,000 in merchandise.
“We’ve received a few tips we will be looking into,” said Sonora Police Chief Turu VanderWiel.
The group forced entry into Hazy Bulldog Farms, located at 1243 Mono Way in Sonora, through a side door at about 4 a.m. on Sept. 11.
Once inside, they smashed glass cabinets and forced open locked cases. They also forced entry into an interior room where more product was being stored, VanderWiel said.
VanderWiel said the group stole mostly marijuana flower and cannabis extracts, but also other marijuana-based products. There was a “significant inventory list” identifying all the stolen products and much of it was individually packaged in smaller quantities, VanderWiel added.
No cash was reported stolen.
“Obviously they were in and out pretty quick,” VanderWiel said.
The surveillance stills show a group of men wearing light-colored hooded sweatshirts or sweaters beside a dark colored sedan which appears to be parked facing Mono Way.
In one photo, they all appear to look at the video camera at the same time. In another, one of the suspects was wearing a demon Halloween mask.
The suspects do not appear to be holding firearms.
A photo of the interior of the dispensary shows shattered glass and cannabis products littered on the floor. What appears to be a bulldog figurine filled with product is missing its head.
Multiple calls reporting the burglary were made at approximately 4:02 a.m., first by a concerned citizen and then by an alarm company.
The men fled in what is believed to be a 2015 or 2016 Honda CR-V with paper dealer plates, the Sonora Police said in a press release.
A log note recording the 911 call said a 2019 Honda Civic with paper plates that said “car sales” and which had a dreamcatcher in the windshield drove away from Mono Way to westbound Highway 108.
Be-on-the-Lookout notices were issued to the California Highway Patrol and the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office and an officer responded to the scene.
According to Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office logs, the be-on-the-lookout was recorded by dispatchers at 5:46 a.m.
Despite online speculation the burglars were tree workers from out of the area, VanderWiel said there was no evidence at the scene or from the surveillance video that pointed to a certain occupation.
Hazy Bulldog Farms opened in early 2019 as part of a three-year pilot program approved in January 2018. The program allows up to two medical-only cannabis dispensaries to operate within the city limits under a special-use agreement.
Commercial cultivation and recreational cannabis sales are not allowed in Tuolumne County or the City of Sonora.
Hazy Bulldog Farms must pay the city whichever is the greater of $10,000 per month, or 5 percent of gross monthly sales to offset or mitigate any potential negative impacts on the community.
This summer, the Sonora City Council approved a new dispensary to be called the Bract House, which will be located at 10 Calaveras St., in the foundry building near the former Tuolumne General Hospital.
The Sonora Police Department requests that anyone with information about the burglary contact them at 209-532-8141.