The dust is settling a week after Jah Healing Caregivers, a Hesperia medicinal marijuana dispensary, was hit by an armed robber.


Chris Tindall, the owner of the Main Street dispensary, says he is doing what he can to assure his employees and business neighbors that steps are being taken to prevent such crimes in the future. He is installing a security lock door and taking other precautionary measures.


"We need to focus on how to help one another," he said.


But Frank DeLeone, who owns nearby Excessive Force Paintball, isn't happy with the situation.


"This (dispensary) attracts riff-raff," DeLeone said. "It doesn't look good with people loitering around the store all day long."


According to DeLeone, the number of people milling around the dispensary is highest on weekend nights, especially Fridays.


"It's ridiculous. And you can smell it (the marijuana)."


On the morning of Wednesday, July 27, a masked man entered the dispensary in the 14400 block of Main Street. The man forced his way inside the business, brandished a handgun and demanded the employees place the marijuana into a bag. After running out, the suspect got into a white Toyota Camry with three other people inside and drove each on Main Street, according to investigators with the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.


Days later, Tindall was still angry at the perpetrators. He said he wants the criminals who stole an estimated $3,000 to $4,000 worth of medical marijuana from his store to be caught and punished.


"What we really need to do is crack down on this kind of thing."


'Costing me business'


DeLeone said the dispensary is adversely affecting his paintball and air assault equipment business, which caters to young males ages 14 to 30. Parents have expressed concern about bringing their children to his shop and are especially reluctant to drop them off for a period of time, he said.


A church group leader, who provides paintball equipment as a reward for his church youth, told DeLeone he needs to get the problem resolved or he will be forced to get his paintball supplies elsewhere.


"It's costing me business."


DeLeone said he and other business owners in the center have approached the manager of their property requesting help to deal with the problem.


DeLeone, who attended a recent public hearing on the issue conducted by the Hesperia Planning Commission, is hopeful the city doesn't approve a proposed medical marijuana dispensary ordinance. He wants the city to shut down the estimated 11 in Hesperia currently operating illegally.


"If they legalize this thing, the city's going to go to pot."


But Tindall said his business donates money to worthy causes and, most importantly, helps people get relief from a variety of health problems.


"We need to focus on how to help one another," Tindall said. "Life's too short to be picking on each other."


According to Deputy Frank Hardin from the Hesperia station, the robber was described as a black man about 25 years old, an estimated 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing 170 pounds.


Daily Press reporter Beatriz Valenzuela contributed to this story.