Police say suspects stole a vehicle in Harvard and used it in a smash-and-grab burglary where they crashed the car into a cannabis dispensary in Winnebago County.
The South Beloit Police Department said a smash-and-grab burglary occurred at 5:24 a.m. on August 2 at Sunnyside Cannabis Dispensary, 7000 First Ranger Drive in South Beloit.
A white GMC pickup truck backed through the front doors of the business, police said.
Multiple suspects entered the business and stole products before fleeing in the GMC.
A spokesperson for the business said the incident occurred while the store was closed.
The suspects were unable to gain access to the business’ secure vault or any cannabis.
No employees were in the store and no injuries were reported.
“All cannabis dispensaries have extensive surveillance systems that feed directly to law enforcement and the incident remains under investigation. We will be repairing the front door to secure the store and reopening as soon as possible,” the spokesperson said.
Police have since recovered the GMC Sierra pickup truck used in the burglary.
Investigators learned the vehicle had been stolen out of Harvard.
A report said the Harvard Police Department was called after 6 a.m. on August — the same day of the South Beloit burglary — to Harvard Chevrolet, 333 South Division Street.
An employee found that suspects had gained entry into the building and went through the offices overnight.
Two vehicles, a 2019 GMC and a 2021 GMC, were stolen from the parking lot.
A surveillance photo from inside the cannabis dispensary showed the three suspects, including one whose face was captured in the photo.
Anyone who recognizes the suspects is asked to contact the South Beloit Police Department at 815-389-3491.