Gunman Robs Medical Marijuana Delivery Driver in Concord – Police Notice Increasing Trend Throughout the East Bay

December 13, 2017 8:00 am · 91 comments

A medical marijuana delivery driver working for a Bay Area-based marijuana collective was robbed at gunpoint in Concord on Monday evening, according to police.

The victim was sent by his company to deliver marijuana to a residence in the 1800 block of Carlotta Dr. at 6:45 p.m., when he was confronted by an armed suspect and robbed at gunpoint on the street, according to Concord Police Lt. Mike Kindorf.

Police say the investigation revealed the order for marijuana was fake and the suspect likely placed the order and then waited for the driver to arrive.

The suspect, who quickly fled the area after the robbery, was able to get away with the driver’s marijuana.

This is the seventh robbery of a marijuana delivery driver in Concord since January of 2016, according to Lt. Kindorf.

The robbery of marijuana delivery drivers has been an increasing trend in Contra Costa and Alameda counties, Lt. Kindorf said.

The investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information on this case can contact Detective Phalen at 925-603-5858.

Kentucky Derby December 13, 2017 at 8:06 AM

Only the beginning. Only just the start.

Me December 13, 2017 at 9:11 AM

Bull, when it’s more readily available, it wont be so desirable to steal. People deliver alcohol all the time and aren’t robbed. People deliver t.v.’s and aren’t robbed. They are just going to have to take precautions that jewelers take.,

Elvis December 13, 2017 at 12:00 PM

When it’s more readily available (and taxed) you won’t be able to afford it just like a lot of orher people, and stealing it will be the preferred method of obtaining it. Then, however, you won’t have to look very hard to find where it is being kept.

Patriot December 13, 2017 at 1:48 PM

@ME – You’re living in fantasy land. It’s going to get ugly. Ask anyone in law enforcement.

badge1104 December 13, 2017 at 5:01 PM

Pot Heads will still be stupid and do stupid things. I don’t care if it is legal and taxed, it is not a good thing. and NO, it is not like wine or beer, like the pot heads, and the (millionaire) business proponents say.

CPT Obvious December 13, 2017 at 7:59 PM

@Me you’re kidding yourself. There will always be a black market. I get my product for free and sell it without taxes. Pure profit. Since, unlike a TV, the product is homogenous how can anyone tell if the product is stolen or has a tax stamp?

Googlar December 14, 2017 at 2:34 AM

Jack boys have been robbing dealers for decades. Why are you acting like this is a new thing?

Michael December 13, 2017 at 8:10 AM

Conceal and carry. Problem solved!

John December 13, 2017 at 3:29 PM

Amen to that

Googlar December 14, 2017 at 2:34 AM

Not allowed to do that, only criminals are allowed to do that.

Mixed Vegetables December 13, 2017 at 8:15 AM

Whyyyyyyy…… They’re going to ruin it for us “patients” who enjoy the comfort of having our meds delivered!

AnonZ December 13, 2017 at 8:18 AM

Give the drivers guns and instructions to shoot to kill.

HolyMolyDoughnutShop December 13, 2017 at 8:18 AM

Well, that is why storefront locations would be a much smarter option. You are literally asking for failure with delivery services.

futbllwmn December 13, 2017 at 8:21 AM

Really ??? Who would have ever thought THAT would happen. Gezzz

IsThisReallyConcord December 13, 2017 at 8:22 AM

Awful.

chuckie the troll December 13, 2017 at 8:30 AM

First it was Pizza Delivery drivers. Now Marijuana Delivery drivers. When will it end?

The old saying is right…Follow the Money!

ClayDen December 13, 2017 at 8:34 AM

Since marijuana is still illegal by federal law, all that needs to happen is for the DEA to follow the delivery drivers and arrest the recipients when the delivery is made. A check of the delivery vehicle could result in another arrest if they are on the way for another delivery. A two-fer! Once the stores open next month, it will make the job of the DEA even easier. That could be the ultimate result of the illegal legalization of marijuana in several states.

Mimi (original) December 13, 2017 at 10:47 AM

Dear ClayDen, it is obvious that neither you, nor someone you love, has ever needed medical marijuana to reduce nausea and/or pain from an illness or injury. Marijuana was used medicinally for YEARS before Big Pharma took over and regulated effective, low cost (free), natural remedies into illegal substances!

Rob December 13, 2017 at 11:18 AM

States Rights!

The Federal Government should keep its nose in DC and out of California.

Cowellian December 13, 2017 at 11:37 AM

I always thought Prop 215 was a joke, created by stoners looking for a way around existing marijuana prohibitions. However, I thought the people of California had the right to pass it, and the Supreme Court got this one entirely wrong.

Nevertheless, marijuana is still prohibited by Federal law. Enforcement of marijuana laws is probably not very high on anybody’s priority list, but anyone who sells, delivers,or even uses marijuana is being foolish if they believe that they are somehow immune from Federal prosecution, just because they live in California.

If the DEA ever does decide to make an example out of California, it won’t be the Governor and Legislature left holding the baggie.

GMoney December 13, 2017 at 11:48 AM

@ Rob…… States rights?? Who are you fooling? We live under one nation and that’s the United States! Federal law supersedes state law. If it were States rights then every state would be its own country…

Elvis December 13, 2017 at 12:05 PM

@Mimi (original) There’s a reason why the call it •dope• If marijuana had medicinal properties, doctors would be prescribing it.

Elvis December 13, 2017 at 12:07 PM

@Mimi (original) There’s a reason why they call it “dope.” If marijuana had medicinal properties, doctors would be prescribing it.

Cowellian December 13, 2017 at 12:35 PM

GMoney understands neither the concept of this Country nor its Constitution.

A county is a subdivision of a State, but a State is not a subdivision of the Federal Government. The United States of America is a confederation of sovereign States who have come together for their common benefit.

G. December 13, 2017 at 5:03 PM

@Elvis They are prescribing it….

Elvis December 13, 2017 at 11:14 PM

Mine isn’t.

Itiswhatitis December 13, 2017 at 8:34 AM

They friggen rob pizza delivery people too. …js

TIFOKCIS December 13, 2017 at 10:55 AM

I am disgusted to say I know of a dozen ‘medical marijuana” card holders. Some grow, smoke burn. None of them have a damn medical condition, just an addiction to money and drugs.

HolyMolyDoughnutShop December 13, 2017 at 8:35 AM

THESE CRIMES ARE ONLY OCCURRING AS A RESULT OF LACK OF REGULATION.

By forcing the liability on the heads of independent dispensary drivers, who are not allowed to carry firearms, you are literally setting these people up as sitting ducks.

When storefronts are commonplace no one is going to try and rob them any more than someone who would rob a bank – but in the current situation where you can just order a driver without any real validity or verification… what do you expect?

Frank December 13, 2017 at 10:44 AM

So explain why pizza delivery drivers are robbed so frequently. do we need to regulate pizza?

Mel December 13, 2017 at 12:16 PM

Nah, these crimes are occurring because there are a ton of criminals out wandering free in this county. I think we know what entity to thank for that!

HolyMolyDoughnutShop December 13, 2017 at 12:58 PM

Pizza delivery drivers are robbed frequently because they are mainly young, careless high school students who leave large amounts of cash + cash tips in their car, or carry it on their person.

Furthermore, pizza delivery drivers are not allowed to carry guns or defend themselves at the chance of posing a liability to the company that employs them. Furthermore, you don’t need to give your real identity to order a pizza to a false location…..

So just like the fake address/location for a weed driver, same situation with a pizza driver. LET ME TAKE THIS ONE STEP FURTHER, and point out that yes while pizza shops do get robbed, it is rather infrequent compared to that of the delivery driver. This could be for a multitude of reasons, but I’d bet that the storefront location having multiple employees, patrons, and most likely cameras would be a good start. Hey also, the fact that the store pays taxes and has a business location would provide them a pretty strong sense of protection thanks to the local police departments.
You know, when businesses work together with the police force they usually tend to avoid being robbed and what not, although deterrent is not a 100% proofing system.

So maybe, it’s just possibly logical to conclude that a legal storefront operation with security guards, and cameras, and buzzlocking doors at the press of a button, coupled with the local municipalities would result in far less crime….

I’ll even dote on the “too pricey to afford due to tax” comment someone made above.

Ever think that maybe, the people who can’t afford weed shouldn’t be smoking it recreationally in the first place?

*MIC DROP*

ON DA December 13, 2017 at 1:59 PM

Um Mr. Hole in the dough. Please please please. Take your rants to the victims of Federal Crimes Units. They would be honored to publish your findings, in particular to the victims of violence and acts.

Concord Mike December 13, 2017 at 2:20 PM

With a storefront, people are obviously leaving the store with their purchases. They are walking or driving down the street, riding their bikes, or driving their cars. They are highly vulnerable to robbery, even if the storefront has cameras and security guards.

I am not at all concerned with marijuana storefronts getting robbed. They can hire armed guards. I am concerned about what happens to people in the neighborhood as predatory criminals, addicts, and pan handlers show up 24×7.

HolyMolyDoughnutShop December 13, 2017 at 4:21 PM

same risk walking out of the corner store with a winning lottery ticket (no matter how small or big), same risk as walking out of the grocery store with a cart full of food, same risk as sitting at a stop light with your door unlocked.

Resident December 13, 2017 at 6:10 PM

More taxes and more regulations are the answer for everything….
Legalize open carry. Problem solved.

Yes, even storefronts get robbed.

It’s just one for reason for thugs from Oakland or Antioch to come here.

BART commuter December 13, 2017 at 8:48 AM

Well there’s a no duh.

USA December 13, 2017 at 9:04 AM

If our Sheriff would issue CCW permits you would see a DRASTIC reduction in crimes such as these, and also save our state MILLIONS in legal fees and criminal housing.

Win Win

WC December 13, 2017 at 10:43 AM

Good luck on that one. I sure won’t vote for him EVER.

Elvis December 13, 2017 at 12:10 PM

Open carry.

Weig December 13, 2017 at 4:05 PM

USA : I agree with you 100%. Hopefully H.R. 38 passes through the Senate

AnonZ December 13, 2017 at 9:16 AM

Crime around here didn’t start with Marijuana delivery. If it’s not a Marijuana delivery driver, it will be another delivery driver, a store, or any other easy target on the street.

ClayDen: The Feds aren’t going to do squat. They’ve got more important things to worry about.

JJ December 13, 2017 at 9:26 AM

You can’t carry a firearm (even with a CCW) if you carry, use, have a conviction for controlled substances: specifically a schedule 1 drug.

Yves harlowe December 13, 2017 at 9:52 AM

It is illegal under federal law to even own or be in possession of a fireaem if you use or carry a schedule 1 drug, let alone carry it.

Yves harlowe December 13, 2017 at 9:28 AM

There is a little problem with carrying a firearm and being in possession of MJ. It’s still against federal law to be in possession of and use MJ. You are also a “prohibited person” in terms of gun ownership if you have or use MJ. The federal form you fill out when buying a firearm asks if you are a user of or addicted to illegal drugs. If you use MJ and answer “No.” you have just lied,and it is a felony in this case. Just because the use is legal in California doesn’t mean the BATF doesn’t care. If you don’t own firearms and never want to, then have at it.

Pony December 13, 2017 at 10:03 AM

What makes you think the gun was registered to the robber or that the gun was even legal? The guy robbing a pot delivery driver isn’t likely to care if he is prohibited from possessing a firearm.

Yves harlowe December 13, 2017 at 10:39 AM

Pony, I wasn’t talking about the robber. I was responding to people saying the delivery driver should carry. Of course criminals don’t care about the law. Therer are plenty of reports of felons “in possession of firearms” whe apprehended committing some other crimes.

RiverCity December 13, 2017 at 9:43 AM

So nothing new. Bad guys robbing the innocent guys…..
how unique this case is….. not

Anonx December 13, 2017 at 9:56 AM

You can’t just call in and have it delivered without being in their system yet! Right?

Mel December 13, 2017 at 12:18 PM

That is what got me- how would there be a fake call in? It is really as unregulated as a pizza delivery? Would they not have charged a credit card FIRST?

Zig Zag Man December 13, 2017 at 9:58 AM

He was just looking for a stocking stuffer for Xmas

Yah Know December 13, 2017 at 10:56 AM

I thought the same thing. But its easy to get a fake i.d and I once placed an order using a fake rec.Honestly Some places don’t really have their stuff together in terms of verification. Sucks for the driver though.

America December 13, 2017 at 10:01 AM

Good luck hiring drivers.

WC December 13, 2017 at 10:44 AM

You can also blame the fact banks won’t/can’t do business with marijuana sellers, it’s a cash business and the crooks know it. If people could charge it then this wouldn’t be as much of a problem.

Resident December 13, 2017 at 6:22 PM

True about the banking issue but irrelevant.

The thiefs stole the marijuana, not cash.
Even if transactions were done by CC, criminals could easily ID and rob delivery driver of someone else’s delivery. Or multiple customers orders.

It is an appealing target for criminals because of its value, can easily be resold on street and can’t track the product.

Bad idea for Concord, will continue to attract more criminals from outside the area. Someone will eventually be hurt or killed.

Duh Potheads December 13, 2017 at 10:52 AM

Didn’t see this coming! LOL!

This is the tip on the iceberg.

Brig December 13, 2017 at 10:52 AM

What’s surprising to me is the delivery driver’s show up with large amounts of weed. They have ever straind the offer in there car. The entire menu including edibles, hardware, tincatures ect. I’m sure it’s not cost effective to send them out with just one order but it is the safest way. They should require pre payment with a credit card.

J. December 13, 2017 at 3:19 PM

Credit Cards deposit the funds into a merchant bank account. Bank Accounts are federally insured (FDIC). Marijuana sale is a federal crime.

Dispensaries cannot have bank accounts, so therefore they cannot offer credit, debit, or check purchases.

Eirk_Patrick December 13, 2017 at 10:58 AM

Good thing our ancient governments push dispensaries from storefronts with security guards to some dude in a car. Its not safe & Poor legislation & Parental lies have forced this situation.

Dood December 13, 2017 at 11:30 AM

I don’t oppose the legality of marijuana, but the value of the delivery is not the same as that of pizza or a UPS driver.

The product being delivered is far more valuable for its weight/size and much easier to distribute illegally. You’re not going to get full value for most stolen items you’d steel from FedEx or UPS. It would be more similar to a dedicated jewelry delivery service with unarmed “normal” people doing the deliveries if there was such a thing.

Resident December 13, 2017 at 6:29 PM

Great point. Even if there were storefront(s) like others are suggesting, criminals can sit outside and wait for people coming out to stick them up.
Another reason for criminals to come here too.

Perhaps the solution is to have secure, well regulated distribution points that do it do any retail business. Just mail unmarked/anonymous packages

George December 13, 2017 at 11:37 AM

What have we gotten ourselves into!!

I also know of a dozen ‘medical marijuana” card holders. None of them have a damn medical condition, just an addiction.

Concord Mike December 13, 2017 at 2:11 PM

Contrary to what the MJ advocates say, you are right. Marijuana is addictive.

Like alcohol, most people can control the addictive urge, but a significant minority do get physically addicted and it wrecks their mind and their life. The earlier someone starts marijuana, the greater the likelihood of addiction and brain damage.

G. December 13, 2017 at 5:09 PM

So we just accept your anecdote at face value and trash the whole system or ?

AnonZ December 13, 2017 at 11:52 AM

Y’all crack me up…. the Feds, the DEA.. I’m SOOOOO scared! I bet y’all are afraid of the Jury Duty Police too.

Mel December 13, 2017 at 12:20 PM

Nah, but most of us are just responsible adults who follow the rules and have morals.

Nature Lover December 13, 2017 at 11:53 AM

Boo hoo; Cry me a river. The Drivers and the business owner knew what they were getting into. They know the risks. It is the cost of doing this kind of business. I don’t want the business in Concord. Go to Danville or San Ramon or Blackhawk or Orinda, etc.

Strad December 13, 2017 at 1:18 PM

Cost of doing C.O.D. Also this is one recreational habit your neighbors know about.

Philo beto December 13, 2017 at 1:20 PM

Isn’t that in dana estates? That used to be a nice area. Wow.

breaking news December 13, 2017 at 1:31 PM

*** Breaking news ***
The suspect was found 3 blocks away, parked on the shoulder of the road, car running, drooling and stoned out of his mind with two dozen glazed donuts from 7-11.

ON DA December 13, 2017 at 1:51 PM

If you are going to set up your shops anywhere in this radii then start by selling your contra band in Anti och Brent hood or out there in Stalker Ton. We don’t need the BUSINESS or sales pitch.

J. December 13, 2017 at 3:20 PM

Sounds like an inside job. Set up.

Ripley December 13, 2017 at 3:44 PM

I know several card holders as well and all have medical conditions. I know two that only buy balm for arthritis and don’t smoke at all. If you’ve suffered from a chronic pain condition or cancer you know the benefits of MJ. After numerous (10 plus)surgeries on both knees and a hip I can tell you it’s all I take now and it works better then prescribed pain meds and anti inflammatory drugs.

I also know a couple younger people with cards that are just users, so yes there are those using just to get high, but I’d rather that for them then alcohol or harder drugs.

No delivery service I know of delivers to unknown customers, initially you have to fax your picture ID and your card which has your pic on it as well. Most will only deliver to an actual residence not some random place.

And lastly the FEDs don’t even prosecute mail thefts unless it’s a huge case, they leave it to local LE, so dream on if you think they are going to go after a single person.

Fidget December 13, 2017 at 4:19 PM

The Feds are useless in weed enforcement.they of course put on a dog and pony show once in a while bragging they are controlling the weed in America which everyone knows is a crock.

Local law enforcement on weed is a joke as well as half the cops are weed users themselves.

CSS December 13, 2017 at 4:52 PM

Just wait, this and other pot related offenses will grow exponentially in the near future. Good job California!!!

POkeSmot December 13, 2017 at 6:52 PM

How dumb are the dispensaries you can just place and order and the first dumb a## that shows up gets robbed . ? I’am sure this will change real qwick.

What happened to the days were you had ride around looking for your boy , hoping he had what you wanted and on top of that hoping he had change for your $ bills ,gas+ time looking …..pfff now its a call and a hands up. wow lazy potheads

Pffff December 13, 2017 at 7:18 PM

Wow 7 in a Year!What was last year 3 ? Seems like a low number considering all the Hundreds of delivery transactions the take place Daily.

Fidget December 13, 2017 at 9:00 PM

Hey those delivery guys make more money on side sales in a month than most people do in a year and no taxes. Yea so they get robbed once in a while it’s no big deal it’s part of the business.
Pot is here to stay, news stories of robberies is part of the biz…

NativeConcordGirl December 13, 2017 at 9:01 PM

It is so plentiful and cheap only a lowlife would rob someone for it. There will always be people like that regardless. It wont matter if it’s pizza, pot, or whatever.

ProductivePotHead December 13, 2017 at 9:26 PM

@elvis, what freaking rock have you been living under? Drs prescribe it daily. Go do your research. There are many cancer cases that have been cured due to medical marijuana. HOWS THAT FOR A CURE FOR CANCER.

People live normal day to day lives with successful careers and smoke weed. Sure there’s some idiots that create the stigma for everyone. How about all the techies in Silicon Valley doing cocaine every freaking night making tons of money and still working. Marijuana isn’t anywhere as dangerous. What’s a couple extra hours of sleep and some good ole Taco Bell.

Elvis December 13, 2017 at 10:58 PM

Mine doesn’t. Where are you getting your extensive research on the subject, your dealer?

Fidget December 13, 2017 at 10:00 PM

Plentiful and cheap? Top shelf bud fetches $260/ounce, $150 for 1/2 and $90 for 1/4 so it’s not cheap to most people. I prefer the 1/4 or 1/8 buyers for top dollar, cause they can’t afford $260 at once. Yea you can buy garbage for much cheaper but you will feel the difference.

Mika December 13, 2017 at 10:01 PM

You would be surprised if you knew how many people, from all walks, indulge in weed. Almost as many of your friends who drink alcohol, the worst drug of all. Who are you to keep a sick person from their medicine? It is a natural medicine.

Rollo Tomasi December 14, 2017 at 9:19 AM

“It is a natural medicine.”

Gotcha. So is opium.

Jstlies1 December 13, 2017 at 11:38 PM

Cheap pot? Any good? Doubtful. My arthritis in my hands and knees only likes expensive pot.

Just me December 14, 2017 at 4:59 AM

Aren’t you supposed to get all the information about the people your delivering to first and make sure they are ok? I know you check them out first before you deliver, so how do you not already know who they are?

Fred P. December 14, 2017 at 6:56 AM

Concord is a “world-class city.”

Eirk_Patrick December 14, 2017 at 8:26 AM

I hear a lot more about Drug Stores & Liquor stores & Retail stores getting robbed then Medical Marijuana dispensaries. NO DRUGS IN OUR NEIGHBORHOODS?

Bad Nombre December 14, 2017 at 9:03 AM

With regard to questions of enforcement of federal laws, will local officials also choose to not enforce federal gun laws against possession of firearms by pot users? They are prohibited persons.

In The Know December 14, 2017 at 3:13 PM

So many of you people have absolutely no idea what you are talking about.
I work for a dispensary that does deliveries. We are VERY careful about who we deliver to. All documents are thoroughly verified, we put a limit on how much new patients can purchase, credit/debit cards can’t be used by new patients and no evening deliveries to new patients. In 3 years, none of our drivers have ever been robbed.

@badge1104 You are right that marijuana is not the same as beer and wine. It’s much safer for the individual and less harmful to the general community. I’d much rather have 100 pot smokers driving on the roads than just 1 drunk driver.

@Elvis-doctors are prescribing it. Perhaps not your doctor or maybe you don’t have a qualifying illness. Ask around. Talk to doctors and I think you’ll find that the majority of doctors are not against medical marijuana and they believe that there are medicinal benefits.

@HolyMolyDoughnutShop you are absolutely right that storefronts would reduce the risk to our drivers

Not all pot smokers are stoners either. We also have a lot of patients who purchase our CBD products which produced no high at all.

Personally, I think that recreational sales will make things worse for delivery drivers because we will have no means of verifying the people, and we won’t have any picture ID for them. Our dispensary has decided not to do any recreational sales. The clientele is different for recreational and much sketchier.

Flap Those Lips, Elvis December 18, 2017 at 5:56 AM

This is the year 2017. There is unfettered access to the entirety of medical research, online. Try PubMed. Read it daily until you’ve got a clue.

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