Inside job suspected in Los Osos pot robbery
March 29, 2013
San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s detectives arrested a Los Osos resident and mobile medical marijuana dispensary driver for staging a robbery of money and marijuana she transported for her employer.
Around 3:25 p.m. Wednesday, two suspects in Los Osos allegedly approached the vehicle of Avery Loran Fitch, a driver for a Sonoma-based medical marijuana delivery service. The suspects took marijuana and money from Fitch, 27, without using any weapons and fled by foot.
A sheriff’s detective later spotted the two suspects on State Park Road in Morro Bay. Officers arrested McKinley Ray Thomas, 19, and Lane Davon Phillips, 20, for grand theft and conspiracy to commit a crime.
When the detective stopped the two suspects, a 15-year-old female was also in a vehicle with them. Officers arrested the juvenile and charged her with accessory after a crime was committed.
The officers recovered the money and marijuana and continued to investigate the alleged robbery. They determined that Fitch had staged the robbery, with the help of Thomas and Phillips, in order to steal money and marijuana from her employer. Officers arrested Fitch and charged her with grand theft and conspiracy to commit a crime.
California State Parks and the Morro Bay Police Department assisted the sheriff’s office in investigating the crime.