Two $2,000 Water Pipes Stolen From a Westchester Glass Shop

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Have you seen this bro?
Alex Inman runs a high-end head shop in Westchester about 20 blocks from Florida International University. Casa de Cristal is one of a handful of places in Florida that sell Mothership brand glass items, the Holy Grail of the water pipe world. The company bills its products as "elite functional glass art," and there is no list of places to buy them online. Instead, improbably rich potheads figure out where to get them via word of mouth.

The 23-year-old business owner receives about 20 calls per week from all over South Florida about the pricey, coveted bongs. Two of the models for sale are the Mini Fab -- a large, rounded variety reminiscent of a cut-glass wine decanter -- and its slimmer counterpart, the Torus. The cost: $2,000 apiece.

"They're perfect in every way, and you're paying for the artists' time," Inman says of the pieces, which are handmade from laboratory-grade glass. "Just like how you go into a gallery and a painting costs $15,000 but it costs $5 to make it. These [water pipes] are basically art."

Inman has accrued lots of regular customers since he opened last March, but he didn't recognize a blond beanpole of a man in a beanie who walked into the shop this past January 10. Inman, a graduate of Miami Sunset Senior High, pegged the customer, who spent 45 minutes eyeing bongs, as someone from up north -- meaning Broward County.

Around 7 p.m. that Friday, the sale seemed imminent. All that was left, the customer said, was for him to consult his friends on the phone. Although the customer kept nervously touching his nose, Inman says, nothing seemed sketchy or weird at the time.
The guy walked outside and stayed there a few minutes. After Inman buzzed him back in, the man pulled out what looked like a .38 revolver. Inman boxed up the pipes and sent the robber on his way. Then he called Miami-Dade Police.

Since the armed robbery, Inman says, he's gotten calls from concerned people in the glass community, some from as far away as Washington state, voicing their support. High-end glass retailers are a tight-knit group, he says, and the crime has left everyone dumbstruck -- almost like they would feel after a good bong hit.

"I've never heard of this happening," Inman says. "It kind of blew my mind."

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17 comments
deanstelmach
deanstelmach

And it never occurred to you that people would like to see what a $2000 bong looks like.

smokepotallday420
smokepotallday420

When the community catches this little bastard it's curtains for him!

Terence R Waldron
Terence R Waldron

Bongs only cost $8. It the year supply of kush that cost $2000

Cite Rawks
Cite Rawks

Lol. Seen one yesterday goin for 30k. Stop blowin up the spot miami new times.

Steve Klare
Steve Klare

Most probably due to fact that Medicaid, Medicare or Obarrycare is paying for them...After all it's medical right???

Turo Olvera
Turo Olvera

Yes, do you know the work they put into glass blowing

ob1sfla
ob1sfla topcommenter

what else would call it, if you want to market it right? lol


pviera
pviera

dumb. there is no medical marijuana law in florida. And none of the government health programs you mentioned cover them of we did. i dislike obamacare, but much more dislike people you talk out of their ass. 

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