Cameras catch crooks stealing $12,500 worth of pot plants

DENVER - Denver Police are searching for three men caught on surveillance burglarizing a Denver marijuana grow house.

Police said it happened on April 23 at about 1 a.m., at the Chronic Therapy grow house off Claude Court.

"I've never seen them before.  They definitely seemed like professionals," said the owner, Bob, who asked us not to use his last name.

Surveillance video shows three men stealing plant after plant from the building.  One man is on his cell phone as he passes plants to a second suspect.  At one point in the video one man attempts to cover the camera lens with a towel.  The video also shows another suspect smashing one camera with a hammer.

"With us being a family owned, ran and operated business, it's sad," Bob said.

The whole heist lasted about 30 minutes.  The owner said the suspects returned around 3 a.m., and attempted to break into the larger grow area when they tripped the alarm.

"They took 25 mature plants of which equates to somewhere in the range between $15- and $20,000, when you add in all the damage," Bob said.

The owner said this is the second time they've been burglarized.  They've now beefed up security and added extra patrols to the area.  He now hopes someone will recognize the men on camera and come forward.

"It's really a loss of time is what you're dealing with.  My growers put so much time and effort into growing our organic medicine for our patients that it really sets you back, 3 [to] 6 months," he said.

If you recognize the suspects, call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP.  You can remain anonymous and are eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.

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