Crime beat: 30 lbs. of synthetic pot found in storage of suspected shooter
Local authorities have confiscated about 30 pounds of synthetic marijuana from a storage unit belonging to the suspect in Tuesday night's drive-by shooting.
The drugs were found Wednesday after police received a warrant to search a unit near the Northgate shopping plaza belonging to 39-year-old Joshua Cunningham.
Authorities discovered cement mixer stands, indicating that Cunningham was manufacturing the synthetic substance on site. The investigation into the bust is ongoing; he is expected to take the stand Thursday for his alleged role in Tuesday's shooting.
It's key to note that synthetic marijuana poses a much greater public health risk than standard pot. This report from VICE News will give you a better idea why:
Police responded to a report of a home invasion Wednesday night at Oak Terrace Estates in southeast Rochester.
A 19-year-old male victim told officers that four individuals entered his mobile home around 10:45 p.m. Three of the suspects were armed with handguns, according to the police report.
The suspects pistol whipped the victim, as well as another man, 25, who was in the home. The victim said three people were visiting him at the time of the home invasion; however, the three individuals left before officers arrived.
The suspects gathered electronics, cash and cell phones from the victims before fleeing the scene. The home's occupant was only able to provide descriptions for two of the suspects:
- Black male, green jacket, jeans, black "Vans-type" shoes, red and white bandanna
- Hispanic male, black Nike hoodie, baggy jeans, Chicago Bulls underwear, Bulls stocking cap, Nike shoes
The suspects knew at least two of the victims by name. The investigation into the incident remains active.
Spike in burglaries
Rochester Police Capt. John Sherwin said there's been an recent uptick in burglaries in the northern part of Rochester.
The latest report came in earlier this week. A family in the 1300 block of 50th Street NW said they woke up Monday morning to find cash missing from their wallets. A chain jar, located right next their bed, was also stolen.
The family said they left their sliding screen door open overnight.
Anyone with information on either the home invasion or burglary is asked to contact Crime Stoppers of Rochester & Olmsted County at 1-800-222-TIPS. You can remain anonymous.
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