Armed Robbery at Illegal Pot Dispensary Brings San Fernando Valley Community to a Halt

Illegal marijuana dispensaries continue to be a problem in the Los Angeles area. And they continue to attract their fair share of crime.

A SWAT team was called Monday afternoon to deal with armed robbery suspects who were possibly barricaded in a commercial building in Tarzana, but no one was found inside when officers made entry nearly seven hours later.

The robbery was reported about 1:35 p.m. in the 18300 block of Ventura Boulevard, near Reseda Boulevard, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Reports from the scene indicated the robbery occurred at a business where marijuana is sold.

One man was taken into custody outside the building, which has several business tenants, but he was released after questioning, police said. — City News Service

The standoff lasted over six hours, according to the Los Angeles Times, during which a busy stretch of Ventura Blvd. was shut down. While the suspect was initially believed to have taken a hostage, police officers that finally entered the building at 8:30 p.m. found no one else inside.

As many as four suspects are believed to have been involved in the robbery.