Police and the Sheriff’s Guardian One helicopter searched northern Capitol Hill overnight after a suspect reportedly held up the Ruckus Recreational pot shop just off 15th Ave E.
Friday night, police rushed to the Ruckus shop just after 11:30 PM and surrounded the shop while waiting to make contact with an employee waiting inside. According to East Precinct radio reports, police began searching the surrounding area with a K9 dog unit but did not immediately track down a suspect. Police were also looking for a vehicle seen leaving the area as officers arrived.
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The heist was the second time the E Republican retail cannabis store across from Uncle Ike’s has been robbed in six months following an armed hold-up in October that netted its perpetrator some $5,000 in cash. In that robbery, a suspect entered the shop around 10:30 PM, rushed the rear counter, and pointed a gun at two store employees working that Monday night before Halloween
The October hold-up was the first robbery CHS is aware of at a Capitol Hill legal pot shop.
While Washington has legalized the pot industry, the retail business remains cash focused due to legal concerns over federal restrictions on banking and credit. Some Seattle retailers have experimented with payment solutions like cryptocurrency but, for now, most continue to rely on cash-only transactions.
We don’t have many details on the circumstances of the latest robbery and no suspect description was available. There were no reported injuries.
Uncle Ike’s and Ruckus are recent CHS advertisers.