Suspects caught in marijuana dispensary theft

By Karen Billing

Staff Writer

Carmel Valley Northwestern Division’s community relations officer Adrian Lee attends every Carmel Valley Community Planning Board meeting to give updates and provide information about crime trends in the community. At the Thursday, Oct. 27, meeting, Lee was part of his own update as he played a big role in taking down suspects involved in a robbery of a Sorrento Valley marijuana dispensary.

On Oct. 18 at about 2:30 a.m., Lee and another officer were patrolling the area when they saw a subject sitting in a vehicle near the dispensary. The officers questioned the man — unknowing that three others were inside the dispensary stealing marijuana and he was the getaway driver. When the three men ran outside and got away, Lee arrested the driver and acting as a detective was able to get him to confess to the crime and give up the name of his accomplices.

“Adrian caught the case and made something out of nothing,” said Lt. Andrew Hoffman, noting that the accomplices were wanted for other crimes in the area.

The planning board gave Lee a round of applause in appreciation.