BY THE VILLAGE SUN | Legal weed stores are opening up — even as illicit ones keep getting robbed.
According to police, on Wed., Jan. 11, around 1 p.m., two males entered the Rainbow Smoke Shop, at 378 Sixth Ave., between Waverly Place and Eighth Street, with one displaying a handgun as they stuck up the 31-year-old employee.
According to employees who were looking at surveillance video of the crime on one of their phones a few hours later when The Village Sun came by, the gunman had stood by the door while the other guy stole the cash and goods.
Asked what was stolen, one of the employees, speaking only generally, just said cash and merchandise.
“Money…and grabbed stuff,” he said.
A police spokesperson said $600 in cash was taken, plus $1,800 worth of Flav Belt and Dazza infused pot gummies.
The robbers, both in their mid-20s, fled north up Sixth Avenue toward Eighth Street.
Police are asking anyone with information on either incident to call the N.Y.P.D.’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). Tips can also be submitted on the Crime Stoppers Web site at crimestoppers.nypdonline.org or on Twitter at @NYPDTips. Tips can result in cash rewards of up to $3,500. All tips are strictly confidential.