Two thieves made off with goods and cash from the Valley Combat and Tactical store in Abbotsford on Sunday afternoon.
The incident took place just after 4 p.m., when the store, located at 33496 South Fraser Way, was closing for the day and there were no customers.
Const. Ian MacDonald said two suspects entered the store, and one of them immediately bear-sprayed a worker, while demanding that he give them cash.
The employee was blinded and was unable to follow the demands, leading the two culprits to help themselves.
One stole cash from the till while the other loaded items – including two paintball guns, two flashlights, handcuffs and ammunition – into a duffel bag from the store.
The suspect who used the bear spray is described as a Caucasian man, 25 to 35 years old, clean-shaven and with a medium build. He was wearing sunglasses, white basketball-style shoes, and a baseball cap, hoodie and pants that were all black.
The worker was not sure whether the other suspect was a man or a woman. That person was wearing a black hooded vest, a multi-coloured sweater and a face covering.
The victim was treated at the scene from the effects of the bear spray.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Abbotsford Police Department at 604-859-5225 or text abbypd (222973).