Jeff Tacy was surprised to see police cars when he arrived at Franny’s Farmacy Hendersonville, N.C., location this morning. The store is named after his wife, Franny. Their farm — Franny’s Farm — and their stores have been featured in the media numerous times as leaders in the North Carolina hemp industry.
The Hendersonville Police Department confirmed the store was broken into but tells Carolina Cannabis News that their investigation is ongoing. They expect to be able to share a police report later this week.
“We have an alarm and surveillance cameras, but our alarm system didn’t go off,” says Franny Tacy, “It looked like a grab and go. The front door was busted. They came in and stole a bunch of flower.”
Jeff Tacy is on the scene with the police. It appears at this time the focus of the crime was hemp flower, not cash. Early estimates are that roughly $600 in hemp flower was stolen.
“It’s hard to tell because they made away with three jars that basically had three ounces (each) in them,” says Jeff Tacy.
[Image: Broken glass at the entrance to the Hendersonville location of Franny’s Farmacy with a police car outside following a break in on Jan. 29, 2019. Photos courtesy of Jeff Tacy.]
The break in occurred at 4:04 a.m. And, yes, they have video — from their store and others — that the police are incorporating into their investigation.
Though there are some hemp and CBD stores in the Carolinas that are cash-only due to banking restrictions, Franny’s Farmacy is not cash-only and does accept credit and debit cards. At this time, it does not appear that money was stolen, only hemp flower.
It is unclear what the property damage costs will add up to, but the Tacy’s say they feel confident their insurance company will cover those costs.
One of several incidences
This is not the first time the couple’s hemp has been stolen from their property.
Until last year, Franny Tacy says, the farm was open to the public.
Then, she says, “We busted people in our field with headlamps on last year.” Now, if people would like a farm tour they have to go through a tour group or be paid guests at Franny’s Farm.
The Tacy home overlooks their hemp crop, so when they noticed strange lights in the field the couple investigated.
A cautionary tale?
“They can’t stop me from doing what I need to do,” says Franny Tacy, who, while her husband was dealing with the police was herself nursing triplet goats born on the farm overnight.
The Tacy’s have already planned to install “big, heavy, solid-wood pharmacy doors,” says Franny.
“It’s interesting because, way back when, when I built these doors, I considered putting bars and gates on the doors,” says Jeff Tacy. He’s now reconsidering that option.
That is not an option the Tacy’s like. “We’re trying to keep the stores warm and inviting for all ages, says Jeff Tacy, “That’s difficult to maintain when you put bars on the windows.”
Full disclosure: Franny’s Farm and Farmacy are sponsors of Carolina Cannabis News.