Police Investigating Pepper Spray Incidents At Stores

DENVER (CBS4)– Police in Denver are searching for two men who pepper sprayed security officers at a Walmart.

It happened on Sunday at the Walmart at 7700 West Quincy.

The two men took items from the store and didn’t pay for them. They were confronted by store security and ran away with those stolen items.

“In our case they go throughout the store, they take blue tubs and they are putting electronics inside the tubs and running out with the tubs,” Raquel Lopez with Denver police said. “It sounds like the pepper spray is coming in when they are exiting the store at the time when they are being approached by security.”

Police in the Denver metro area are investigating whether this incident is related to another incident in which shoplifters used pepper spray to get away from security officers in Sheridan.

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Firefighters evacuated a Super Target store at the Riverpoint retail complex at Santa Fe and Hampden Tuesday afternoon. In that instance two men were shoplifting when a security officer approached them. That’s when a third person sprayed pepper spray at the officer. Two security officers and a store employee were treated.

Police released surveillance photos of what’s being investigated as suspicious activity at the Target store in Northfield near Stapleton on Monday.

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Surveillance photos from the Northfield Target in Denver show a man engaging in suspicious activity. (credit: Target)

Detectives believe the same suspects could have been involved in Tuesday’s incident in Sheridan. The man pictured is believed to have been evaluating the store layout and merchandise.

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Surveillance photos from the Northfield Target in Denver show a man engaging in suspicious activity. (credit: Target)

Police think those suspects could be the men captured on surveillance photos from a Target store in Northfield on Monday. Police said there was no pepper spray used and no theft took place but they said there was something suspicious going on. Security believes the men were casing the store.

Anyone with information regarding these crimes or recognizes the suspect in the picture is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867). You can text to CRIMES (274637) then title DMCS and enter your message or send an e-mail to metro-denvercrimestoppers.com. If the information you provide leads to the arrest and charging of a wanted individual, you can receive a cash reward up to $2,000.

  • denvervet

    I just comment yesterday that there would be copycat crimes…….my questio is this why did it take criminals so long to figure out using pepper spray? I’ll answer my own question; they are stupic. That’s why they are criminals guys and gals. So THIS IS YET ANOTHER reason why I won’t go into a Walmart, besides it being a haven for crying, misbehaved children there are two stories today about MallMart, a lady was being abducted from one? Unreal. I keep my Walmart experience exclusively to the web site http://www.peopleofwalmart.com , great pics of some silly people. Anyhow I hope they pass legislateion some day that using pepper spray in a crime is a felony. While in prison they can be on the receiving end of the spray………karma. Have a great day folk!

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