Burglar busts bathroom wall to steal shop's pot

SEATTLE - A brazen burglar broke into a medical marijuana shop on Saturday morning and got away with cash and products, but it's how he got inside that has the owner on edge.

"I was kind of shocked with this, quite frankly," said Dawn Darington who is the owner of Choice Wellness Center located at 8600 Aurora Avenue North.

According to Darington, the burglar cut a hole through a bathroom wall, and that's how he gained access to her business.

"This would have been the last place I would have expected somebody to come through - the bathroom wall," said Darington.

The suspect, seen in surveillance video, arrived at the building around 2:30 Saturday morning. He carried a skateboard and a bag across his back.

"He came in from underneath. There's a laundry room for the apartments back there," said Darington.

The suspect used a crow bar to break into a door on the ground level where there's a maintenance facility and laundry room.

Once inside, the suspect went up a small staircase and spent more than an hour cutting a hole through Darington's bathroom wall.

"This is pretty much a big mess," said Darington.

When the suspect got into the marijuana shop, he went straight for the cash register. He rummaged through cabinets, then went to the safe and took cash and jars of marijuana.

The break-in now marks the third burglary at the Choice Wellness Center in less than two years.

"I'm not even sure that it's as much about cannabis as we just have a broken society right now where people are not taught good values and morals, and people are not held accountable," said Darington who is grateful the suspect didn't take more products from her shop.

"I guess I have to just sit down and really think about every little vulnerable spot we've got, and what we can do about it," said Darington. "Maybe puts lead walls in. I don't know."