02/19/2014 06:21 pm ET Updated Apr 21, 2014

L.A. Sheriff's Officer Foils Dispensary Robbers, Cops Say

When sheriff's officials head toward a dispensary, it's usually to seize cash, take cannabis, and padlock the place, unfortunately.

But here's one case where an L.A. County Sheriff's Department employee was a medical marijuana hero. The department says that an armed sheriff's security officer was on patrol near Pearblossom Highway and 126th Street East in the Pearblossom community of L.A. county's Antelope Valley at 5:45 p.m. Sunday when he came across quite a scene:

He was told by a witness that a robbery just went down at a nearby dispensary, deputies said. Just then he spotted two suspects, including a 16-year-old girl, running toward him, they said. The two were allegedly armed, the department said in a statement.

The officer drew his weapon and ordered the suspects to drop their guns and get down, cops said. Wisely, the suspects did just that as back-up arrived, according to the sheriff's department.

" ... Several residents assisted the security officer in detaining and apprehending the duo" even before the cops arrived, the department stated.

The suspects' guns turned out to be replica 9mm Berettas, cops said. But the $937 they allegedly stole, and the weed they allegedly dropped while fleeing, were all too real, the sheriff's department said.

The girl was being held at a local juvenile hall without bail. Her alleged companion, identified as Warren Phillips, was booked in lieu of $100,000 bail, deputies said.

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