Sheriff: Armed suspects rob medical marijuana grow

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Sheriff Bruce Riley

ALBANY, Ore. – As many as five armed suspects wearing ski masks and bullet-proof vests robbed a medical marijuana grow in Linn County early Wednesday morning, the sheriff’s office said.

They were chosen, they were picked out," Sheriff Bruce Riley said. "And who knows what their motive was, whether it was payback, whether it was simply just a robbery for gain, I'm not sure at this point what the motive was. But we don't believe this causes normal alarm to everyday citizens that are out there."

Deputies said the suspects forces their way into two homes on the same property in the 39000 block of Santiam Bluffs Road, at around 3 a.m. The property is north of Albany.

The suspects use zip ties to bind two men, 66-year-old Robert Bender and 27-year-old Frederick McKenney, during the robbery, according to the sheriff's office. Neither man was injured.

Deputies say they do not believe this was a random robbery. The suspects targeted the homes because they are grow sites for medical marijuana patients.

The suspects stole a large amount of marijuana, several firearms and an undisclosed amount of cash, deputies said.

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to contact Detective Mike Harmon at 541-967-3950.