Drug unit called to coffee house that was robbed for its K2 look-alike

KANSAS CITY, Missouri - Investigators raided a Kansas City coffee house Monday, hours after an armed man robbed the business for money and an incense known to be used as an alternative to marijuana.

Click on the attached video to see surveillance video of the suspect

Police say the suspect, armed with an assault rifle, walked into the back of the Coffee House, in the 3500 block of Broadway, Monday morning.

He demanded cash from employees and grabbed several packages of “Syn” K3, an herbal blend of incense that is sprayed with chemicals.

A similar substance, known as K2, was banned in Missouri on Aug. 28, but Coffee House owner Micah Riggs says K3 is made with different chemicals, making it legal.

“People have their other uses for it,” Riggs said. “I don’t condone it on site, it’s just something I sell.”

When police arrived to the shop to investigate the robbery, they called in the drug unit when they saw the K3, which comes in bags that look just like K2.

Authorities are now running tests to make sure the K3 complies with post-Aug. 28 laws. Riggs believes he is selling a legal product and not K2.

He says he had to turn several customers away Monday who were looking for the incense.

“It is kinda weird to be robbed then have the police take all your product."

He hopes to have the incense inventory back by the end of the week as long as it's proved to be legal.

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