Police: Shoplifters Used Pepper Spray In Sheridan Target Store

SHERIDAN, Colo. (CBS4) – A Super Target store in Sheridan had to be evacuated Tuesday afternoon after a pepper spray incident.

Police said two security guards and another employee were sprayed during a shoplifting incident at the Target store located near Santa Fe and Hampden. All three were treated and released at the scene.

According to police a security guard witnessed a shoplifter and when the person was confronted another person ran up and sprayed the guard and two others with pepper spray to allow the suspect to escape.

“We believe some type of pepper spray that’s used for self defense. It pretty much renders people incapacitated by using a type of pepper in their eyes and their throat and nose. So that’s what happened to the security officers and they were treated for that type of injury,” Sheridan Police Chief Mark Campbell said.

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An image of one of the suspects (credit: Sheridan Police Department)

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An image of one of the suspects (credit: Sheridan Police Department)

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An image of the car believed to be a maroon KIA sedan with Florida plate No. Z7AJZ (credit: Sheridan Police Department)

Police are searching for the shoplifter and two accomplices. Police said they fled in a maroon KIA sedan with Florida plate No. Z7AJZ. The suspects include two men and a woman.

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An image of Target employees during the evacuation (credit: CBS)

No customers were injured in the incident and police believe the shoplifters left without anything. Some of the items they were trying to steal was an Xbox and video games. They left an electric guitar outside the store.

“We never had anything where it affected this many people; where they actually closed the store and evacuated the store personnel and the customers,” Campbell said.

Phil Champagne with West Metro Fire told CBS4 that fans were brought in to vent the store. The fire department released the store to Target later Tuesday evening and the store reopened around 6 p.m.

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Comments

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  1. Vivian Rosso says:

    Do you have any info on the incident involving a suspected bomb at the Home Depot in Golden?

  2. Daniello says:

    Wow, police don’t recognize that car as being a Kia Forte, not Nissan?!?

  3. Daniello says:

    More wow! Nissan Ultima, huh? New Nissan model? No wonder they’re still at large.

  4. Ray Ray says:

    Our justice system is a joke. There is not punishment for shoplifting and it is costing the our government millions of dollars in revenue. Do you really think the punks fencing stolen merchandise at the swap meet pay taxes? So how about we clog our justice system with the war on “drugs” and ignore everything else. How about we start holding accountability to people before they work themselves up to robberies and assault. It is not even worth it for retailers to prosecute these morons because either they will get a slap on the wrist or some idiot lawyer will sue over the shop lifter being “roughed up”. America… the land of the lawsuits and the home of the liars…uh um..lawyers.

    1. Jbax3 says:

      These particular morons didn’t simply shoplift— they could be charged with assault or even (by a creative DA) armed robbery. Also that looks like a Kia Forte… hopefully the police are checking area motels.

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