Bakersfield pot dispensary hit in armed robbery

Bakersfield pot dispensary hit in armed robbery
The Safe Collective store front is closed and sports a handwritten sign reading "no thieves allowed," hours after being robbed Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014. (KBAK/KBFX photo/Kyndell Nunley)

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — A worker at a medical marijuana dispensary was robbed at gunpoint Sunday morning.

Police said the robbers got away in a light-colored SUV with large rims.

The store employee, who was held down by one of the thieves, was not injured.

Police were called around 8:15 a.m. for a possible robbery in the area of South Chester Avenue and Geneva Drive. As officers arrived, they learned the robbery happened inside the Safe Collective Marijuana Dispensary.

Three people were seen in the getaway vehicle, but only two men entered the store. One man pointed a gun at the store employee, while the other held the employee down. The gunman then removed marijuana from what police described as the sales area. Both men then ran from the store and got into a waiting SUV.

The getaway driver was wearing a jersey and beanie cap. The gunman was described as a 6-feet and 300 pounds, black, and wearing a hooded sweatshirt. His accomplice, who reportedly held down the store employee while the gunman grabbed marijuana, was described as a black man in his 20s, just over 5-feet and 120 pounds, wearing a hat, dark shirt and jeans.