Police searching for pepper-spraying shoplifter



GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. - Police are hoping surveillance video will lead them to a woman wanted in a violent store attack.

Duluth police say the woman in the video stole merchandise from a Walmart, and then pepper-sprayed a loss prevention officer twice.

Investigators say this woman was on a mission when she entered the Walmart on Pleasant Hill Road in Duluth at about 6 a.m. Wednesday.

Police say she filled a cart full of merchandise, and then tried to walk out the front door. That’s’ when she pepper-sprayed the loss prevention officer twice in the face.

"She went there with pepper spray in hand, and if she was confronted, she was going to use it," said Duluth Police Detective Bobby Johnson.

With the officer temporarily blinded, the woman loaded the merchandise into her car, and then took off. Fearful she could strike again, police are eager to find her.

"If she will do this to an associate, just trying to get the property back from Walmart, who's to say what this individual is capable of?" Johnson said.

Shoppers want her caught, too.

"If you're (going to) go around shoplifting with pepper spray, that means you intend to take all the merchandise that you've walked away with," a customer said.

"I don't feel safe someone walking around Walmart with pepper spray," added another shopper.

The pepper spray burned the officer's eyes and face, but she's expected to be OK.

Meanwhile, police believe the accused shoplifter was driving a dark Dodge Charger or Challenger.

Duluth police ask anyone with information to give them a call.