It happened Thursday night at the Dandelion, a medical marijuana dispensary which is located at 845 Walnut Street in Boulder.
Employees were inside at the time. They told police that a man wearing dark clothes and a mask, and carrying a FedEx box, knocked at the front door of the business and then forced his way inside when employees opened the door. They say he immediately sprayed a large can of bear repellent directly into some of their faces, disabling them.
The employees ran outside and called police. All of them received medical treatment at the scene, and one was transported to the hospital.
He stole close to $9,000 worth of marijuana. According to Lauren Ginsberg, the shop's owner, the suspect didn't take any money or other items, but he did leave thousands of dollars in damage.
"There's orange [bear] spray everywhere, all over the walls and countertops," Ginsberg said. "He threw the glass jars everywhere. The jars shattered everywhere."
Police released this description of the suspect:
• White male
• 6'0" to 6'2" tall, approximately 200 pounds
• Dark-colored jacket with North Face logo on back shoulder
• Wearing hoodie underneath jacket
• Dark pants, with hiking-type boots
Police are also looking for a black Pontiac, possibly a Grand Prix, with a temporary license tag of 382661H. This vehicle was left unoccupied and running near the robbery. Police are trying to determine if it was used in the crime.
If you have any information on this case, call Boulder Police at 303-441-3369 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-Tips. There is a cash reward for information that leads to an arrest.
Because of the damage inside the shop-the dispensary will remain closed at least through Sunday.
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