Shoplifter sprays Virginia Beach store employee with pepper spray

Posted at 1:24 PM, Nov 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-01 13:24:57-04

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Police are searching for a suspect in a robbery and assault at the JCPenney store inside Lynnhaven Mall.

According to Virginia Beach Police, the female in the photos above entered the JCPenney store around 4:45 p.m. Friday. She concealed merchandise and exited the store without paying.

Police said that when loss prevention personnel attempted to stop the suspect, she sprayed the associate with pepper spray.

The suspect was last seen running to the mall parking lot.

The suspect is described as 25 to 30 years old, approximately 200 pounds with long braided hair. At the time of the incident, she was wearing a red shirt, black and white horizontally striped pants, red shoes and black eyeglasses.

Anyone with information regarding this crime is encouraged to call Virginia Beach Crime Solvers at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.  Tipsters will remain anonymous and could be eligible for a cash reward up to $1,000 if their information leads to an arrest.