Police probe suspected arson at pot dispensary

May 1, 2011 7:00:00 PM PDT
Santa Cruz County authorities are investigating a suspected arson at a medical marijuana cooperative after an early morning fire Saturday caused an estimated $50,000 in damages.

Brianna Kovach, an owner of the Capitola Healing Association in Soquel, tells the Santa Cruz Sentinel that security cameras captured footage of two young males using a hammer to break the co-op's front window and then throwing a Molotov cocktail inside, setting off the burglar alarms.

Kovach says she and her co-owner Chris Morganelli, who live nearby, rushed to the scene and were able to put out most of the blaze with a garden hose before firefighters arrived.

Authorities say none of the surrounding businesses were damaged. No arrests have been made, and the co-op is closed until further notice.


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