LivWell Enlightened Health, one of Colorado’s largest marijuana businesses, experienced fifteen burglary attempts over a three-month span last year, according to the company’s head of security.
The state’s biggest dispensary chain at 21 locations, LivWell has a handful of supplying cultivations around the state that have become targets for theft, LivWell retail compliance and corporate security manager James Bauer said during a October 28 discussion of banking services for the marijuana industry.
On a call in support of U.S. Representative Ed Perlmutter’s Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act, Bauer went into detail about several burglary attempts at LivWell businesses. Situations included “criminals driving stolen vehicles into our buildings multiple times,” Bauer said, as well as drilling holes into the top of LivWell buildings or staging lookouts and getaways while suspects attempted to break in LivWell dispensaries and cultivations with crowbars and sledgehammers.
According to Bauer, the majority of these attempts in 2020 were successful. While LivWell has seen three successful break-ins this year, there have been others that were stymied — like an incident on October 11 when five people tried breaking into a dispensary by shutting off the power. The suspects eventually left, but not without first damaging