Toronto dispensary worker foils armed robbery

One week after Toronto police criticized dispensary owners for not calling them after being robbed, a dispensary worker managed to trap two would-be robbers inside the store before calling 911.

Two masked robbers entered Green Buddha Medicinals last Sunday. One of the robbers pointed a loaded handgun at an employee and demanded products and cash. The other assailant carried a large hockey bag, in which they loaded stolen goods.

However, the employee was able to escape through the front entrance. and proceeded to lock the two suspects inside the dispensary before calling police. The two attempted to shoot their way free before police arrive.

Toronto police arrested Abdullahi Dirie, 19, and an unnamed 17-year-old boy on the scene for the attempted robbery.

No one was injured during the incident, and the weapon was recovered.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7350, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637).