Los Osos pot dispensary robbery was a setup, investigators say

dsneed@thetribunenews.comMarch 27, 2013 

Update: San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office investigators say the robbery of a mobile pot dispensary Wednesday in Los Osos was a setup to steal the money and marijuana from the owners of the dispensary.

Four people -- three adults and a juvenile -- were arrested in the scam, said Tony Cipolla, sheriff’s spokesman. They are Avery Loran Fitch, 27, of Los Osos; McKinley Ray Thomas, 19, of Los Osos; and Lane Davon Phillips, 20 of Madera. A 15-year-old female was also arrested.

Fitch was operating the mobile dispensary at 3:25 p.m. in the 1100 block of 17th Street in Los Osos. She said she was approached by two black men who robbed her of marijuana and money.

The men were unarmed, and Fitch was uninjured in the event. The two suspects fled on foot, but were later spotted by a sheriff’s detective, who made a felon stop of the car they were driving on State Park Road in Morro Bay.

The two men and the juvenile were arrested and the money and pot were recovered. While detectives were interviewing the two suspects, they admitted that Fitch was involved in the staged robbery in an effort to steal from the dispensary owners, Canna Express of Sonoma County.

“They gave her up,” Cipolla said.

All three adults were charged with grand theft and conspiracy to commit a crime. The juvenile was charged with being an accessory after the crime. The amount of marijuana and money involved in the crime was not disclosed.

Original: San Luis Obispo County sheriff’s deputies have detained 3 people for questioning in an alleged strong-arm robbery of a mobile medical marijuana dispensary in Los Osos about 3:25 p.m. Wednesday.

Two men and a woman allegedly took marijuana and cash from a female victim operating the dispensary in the 1100 block of 17th Street, sheriff’s spokesman Tony Cipolla said. A weapon wasn’t used, he said, but more information about how they allegedly robbed the woman wasn’t immediately available.

The three people reportedly took off on foot but were later found in a vehicle on State Park Road in Morro Bay.

No injuries were reported.

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