Nervous crooks caught on camera while prowling for pot inside dispensary

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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

The owner of a medical marijuana shop wants to get back at the thugs who robbed him.

Metro Meds in north Phoenix is a bustling bud business by day, but after hours, all of its medical marijuana gets locked away tight.

That didn't stop two men dressed in black from trying to get it Tuesday.

"They were very unprepared. They were kids. They're probably on drugs themselves while they're doing this,” said Metro Meds owner Martin Yono.

Security cameras captured the moment one of them attempts to break out the glass door with a rock. When that doesn't finish the job, he uses his hands. Shards of glass hit him in the head.

Inside, the two men almost seem to not know where to start.

"They swept these sample pods off the counter and grabbed some bags from the wall," said Yono.

One of the crooks spent most of his time fumbling with a garbage bag.

“That's how nervous he was,” said Yono. “They made more of a mess than anything else."

In all, their frantic robbery attempt earned them $700 or $800 worth of product, and their faces broadcast for the world to see.

“Just to send a message that you're not going to come in and destroy people's businesses, and expect to get away with it,” said Yono.

Yono is offering a $500 reward to the person who can identify the thieves. He’s also planning to install rolling security shutters on the front of his building so this doesn’t happen again.

“I’d like to expose them and get them caught. Set an example. Because it is a serious charge.”

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Lauren ReimerLauren Reimer joined the 3TV/CBS 5 family in June 2016. She is originally from Racine, WI but is no stranger to our heat.

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She previously worked for KVOA in Tucson, covering topics that matter to Arizonans including the monsoon, wildfires and border issues. During the child migrant crisis of 2014, Reimer was one of only a handful of journalists given access to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection detention facility in Nogales, where hundreds of unaccompanied children were being held after crossing into the U.S. from Central America. Before that, Reimer worked at WREX in Rockford, IL. Lauren is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee and still visits home often. When not chasing news stories, Reimer loves to explore, enjoying everything from trying new adventurous foods to visiting state and national parks or local places of historical significance.

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