This surveillance photo shows three men who police say stole medical marijuana plants in Winterport on Sept. 21.

In another case, two men are charged in the theft of medical marijuana from a grower in Standish.

This surveillance photo shows three men who police say stole medical marijuana plants in Winterport on Sept. 21. Courtesy Maine State Police

Police are looking for three men who pretended – briefly – to be police officers while they stole medical marijuana plants last week in Winterport. Surveillance cameras recorded images of the trio in the act.

On Saturday, another medical marijuana theft took place, this one in Standish. In that case, sheriff’s deputies – the real ones – charged two men with theft and aggravated assault after they allegedly beat up the owner and doused him with pepper spray.

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This image from a surveillance camera shows one of the three men who police say robbed medical marijuana plants in Winterport on Sept. 21.

This image from a surveillance camera shows one of the three men who police say robbed medical marijuana plants in Winterport on Sept. 21. Courtesy Maine Department of Public Safety

In the Winterport case, police released photos from security cameras Monday in an effort to identify the men responsible for the armed robbery, which occurred about 7 a.m. on Sept. 21.

The three men wore fake police items, including a SWAT-style vest, a hat with “Police” across the front and a shirt with “Sheriff” written on the front – all of which can be purchased from online retailers, according to Maine State Police. One man pointed what police believe was a semi-automatic handgun.

One clue that they weren’t real law enforcement: When the homeowner confronted the three men, they ran off with an armload of mature marijuana plants, police said.

No shots were fired and nobody was hurt.

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