Woman Pepper-Sprayed Employee during Theft

An Academy Sports and Outdoors staffer wants to press charges for assault after reporting a woman pepper-sprayed her as she left the store with about $1,000 in stolen apparel, according to a police report.

The Denton Police Department is investigating the robbery at 2600 W. University Drive after they were dispatched to the sporting goods store around 9:08 PM Sunday. An employee said she was beginning to close the security gate at the automatic doors when a man and a woman began exiting the store with a cart full of merchandise they didn’t pay for.

According to the report, she said she didn’t try to stop them as they exited. She told police the woman then said “no” before pepper-spraying the staffer.

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Police noticed the employee’s face and arms were red, and she reported feeling pain. The report says the manager was going to send police surveillance footage of the incident.

The management is pursuing charges for theft, and an estimated 30 Nike and Under Armour apparel items, worth $1,000, were taken, according to the report. The employee wants to press charges for the assault.

An investigation is ongoing…   Denton Record-Chronicle


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