Two teenagers were arrested after attempting to break into a medical marijuana dispensary in Newark, police said.
The incident happened around 9:45 p.m. Jan. 5 at Fresh Cannabis on Ogletown Road, which grows marijuana and sells it to patients with a medical marijuana card.
Police were dispatched to the scene after a witness reported seeing the teens jump over a fence in the back of the property, according to Lt. Andrew Rubin, a spokesman for the Newark Police Department.
The facility’s advanced surveillance camera system showed that the teens had been on the property for “an extended period of time” and had entered several outbuildings, police said.
“This business has a camera system that provides excellent quality interior and exterior views of the business,” Rubin said. “The video showed the males entering the fenced area and then pulling on doors and attempting to pry open another door to the business. A part of the fence was damaged as a result of this incident.”
Responding officers set up a perimeter and caught the teens a short distance away on the CSX railroad tracks that run behind the business. The teens were in possession of marijuana waste and burglary tools.
The Newark teens, ages 14 and 16, were charged with third-degree attempted burglary, second-degree conspiracy, criminal mischief and second-degree trespassing. They were both released to their parents on $4,500 unsecured bail.
Police did not release the teens’ names.