HAYWARD — Law enforcement officials had been calling pot clubs "crime magnets" even before a break-in at an area medical marijuana clinic Friday morning.
In the three weeks since a man was fatally shot Aug. 19 by the owner of a medical marijuana club in San Leandro, the Sheriff's Department has been called to investigate a robbery and a burglary at two separate clubs this month.
Lt. Dale Amaral said the latest incident occurred around 12:40 a.m. Friday at the Garden of Eden cannabis club at 21227 Foothill Blvd. in an unincorporated community adjacent to Hayward.
Amaral said deputies responding to an alarm arrived at the club and found it had been broken into. A security camera inside captured images of two armed men, one standing guard at the door while the other used a handgun to smash the glass display case where marijuana was stored.
The two suspects made off with an undetermined amount of marijuana and a handgun that had been left inside the club, Amaral said.
"This is going to continue," Amaral said. "If they can't rob and shoot their way in, they're going to burglarize their way in. These various businesses have done a lot of things. But it's only so much you can do to harden these buildings. If they want to get in bad enough, they're going to get in."