DETROIT (WJBK) - News of another break-in at Club Medz, a medical marijuana dispensary on West 8 Mile, is upsetting to businesses and neighborhoods nearby who are trying to make a comeback.
“We're trying to get the city together, not break it down, you know? We need to protect it probably from ourselves first,” said Rajab Abumusallam who lives next door.
Police were called for yet another smash and grab attempt early Monday around 1:15 a.m. Folks in the area say it's the sixth time the business has had the walls and doors vandalized in the past two months.
“I work right next door from this business over here, and this is not something shocking to me,” said Abumusallam.
“I'm really surprised to see it. I'm very surprised to see it because Club Medz, as far as I know, is a really nice business and they do good things,” said Julie Anderson, a Club Medz customer.
The thieves, looking for weed and cash, didn't find anything this time. The owners tell us the shop was cleared out and shut down by the city two weeks ago after one of the other break-ins. Now, not even the owners are allowed inside.
Surveillance cameras are at every corner of the building. You can still see the monitors inside, capturing every angle.
Police are not releasing the video at this time, confirming they are still looking for the vandals. Meanwhile, landlords and homeowners struggle to keep making progress.
“I have renters that don't feel comfortable when they see buildings getting broken into on the corner of their street,” said Steve Newport, who owns rental properties in the neighborhood.
One way or another, they say the burglaries need to stop for good.
“It's kind of one of those things, you know?” said Newport. “It’s a catch-22 when you deal with properties in the city of Detroit.”