Thieves Make Off With Pot-Like Substance In Smash And Grabs

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For the second time since October, thieves have broken into a convenience store and made off with a synthetic version of marijuana, police say.

Known as spice or potpourri, the substance is quickly becoming popular, especially with youth.

About 3 a.m. Tuesday, someone broke the glass door at the One Stop, 400 S. Beeline Highway, grabbing herbal potpourri and tea.

In October, a nearly identical break-in happened at the convenience store, with thieves breaking in when the store was closed.

Then on Wednesday, around 10:30 p.m. several suspects broke the glass on the front door at Payson Marketplace, 1116 N. Beeline Highway, making off with the substance, said Payson Police Chief Don Engler.

“The amount of items removed and the damaged property were a significant loss to the businesses,” he said.

The products are a legal version of “spice,” which the state outlawed earlier this year.

Potpourri packages instruct users that it is not for human consumption, however, “potpourri” has no legitimate use and is intended for substance abuse, police say.

From both scenes, detectives collected physical evidence and the investigation remains ongoing.

Anyone with information regarding these crimes or any others is asked to contact the Payson Police Department at (928) Hot-Tips (468-8477).

You can remain anonymous and there may be a reward if an arrest is made due to the information provided, Engler said.

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