Caught on camera: Pot shop employee stops attempted robbery with bear spray

A pot shop store employee used bear spray to chase thieves out of an Everett pot shop.

EVERETT, Wash. — People who tried to rob an Everett pot shop were stopped in their tracks by an employee armed with a special can of spray.

That can was bear spray.

Chris Vincent was not about to be bossed around by a bunch of intruders. “This guy was coming toward me. I sprayed him,” Vincent said.

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Vincent, a proud military brat, knew just what to use when three thieves came barging into his pot shop.

“That is the first time I’ve shot bear spray. I’ve done pepper spray before, but that is a whole new level of hurt,” Vincent said.

In surveillance video footage, it shows Vincent using the spray on the wanna-be robbers who were no match for the spray of the wild.

“I was going after them. I was going for the eyeballs.”

It was the second time his shop was hit in only a week.

“I don’t want to cause any problems for customers because it does scare them ... and we can’t have that.”

In the video, each person bolted for the exit and then sped away in a vehicle.

The suspected thieves didn’t get away with anything, and he believes they are the same people who robbed his store a few weeks back.

Vincent doubts they’ll be back after Sunday’s encounter.

“I don’t know of a word to use, but they ran like chickens!”