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LAPD Releasing Photos Of Suspects In Violent Northridge Pot Shop Robbery

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Thu, Dec 23, 2010 at 11:18 AM

click to enlarge A Valley pot-shop robbery turned violent.
  • A Valley pot-shop robbery turned violent.
Update: We got wrong information on this: Two people were critically wounded. We changed the headline to reflect the mistake. We regret the error. Photos added.

A pot-shop robbery and shooting we told you about last week critically wounded two people at the outlet, and police today planned to circulate images of suspects from security video to see if anyone recognized any of the three suspects.

It's been a deadly year for the medical marijuana business, with nearly least a half-dozen related murders in the L.A. area related to pot shops. Medical cannabis might be legit in California, but it sure feels like the Wild West sometimes in L.A.

The Dec. 15 holdup at 8244 White Oak Ave. was reported at 9:25 p.m., police said.

Cops said the trio escaped in a gold-colored SUV.

The weed retailer had reportedly only been open a few months, and it was not registered with the city as required -- although a judge recently forced L.A. to back down on enforcement of its pot shop regulations.

A 2 p.m. news conference was scheduled at the LAPD's West Valley Division so that photos taken from security video could be distributed to us, the media.

Anyone with information about the heist was asked to call the LAPD at 818-374-7611.

Update: Here are the LAPD's security video images.

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-With reporting from City News Service. Got news? Email us. Follow us on Twitter, too: @dennisjromero.

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