Police: Landlord burglarizes medical marijuana dispensary

SEATTLE -- The owner of a medical marijuana dispensary claims his landlord called him to a fake meeting then stole $2,600 worth of pot while he was away from the business last week in Fremont.

According to the Seattle Police Department's report for the incident, the victim's landlord is a silent partner in the dispensary in the 400 block of North 35th Street.

The victim told officers the landlord allows him to operate the dispensary in the basement of the building in exchange for paying the water, power, garbage, sewer, phone, TV and Internet bills for the entire building, plus giving him all profits from the medical marijuana business. In exchange, the landlord lets the victim stay in a small room in the back of the dispensary.

According to the report, the victim was called to a meeting with the landlord and his other business partner at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. When he showed up at the meeting, the landlord wasn't there.

The victim and his partner continued with the meeting until the landlord joined them 45 minutes later. When the meeting ended, the victim went back to work and discovered the dispensary had been burglarized.

According to the report, surveillance video at the business shows the landlord use to key to enter the locked dispensary at 3:33 p.m. and grab $2,600 worth of marijuana from various jars before locking up and leaving.

Police are continuing to investigate.