DENVER (CBS4) – Police in Denver on Tuesday released a surveillance image that shows a shoplifting suspect who discharged a pepper spray-like substance inside the Denver Art Museum store earlier this month. The crime happened at 10:30 a.m. on Jan. 9 and the main floor of the museum’s Frederic C. Hamilton Building was temporarily evacuated for about an hour as a result. Some people, mainly staff members, were treated by paramedics.

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The situation came at a time when hundreds were in line at the museum with time designated tickets for “Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature,” the popular exhibition of works by the French impressionist painter. Some of those ticketholders had to be turned away.

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In addition to firing off the substance, police said the suspect assaulted an employee and stole several items in the museum shop before leaving the area on foot.

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Anyone who recognizes the man seen in the surveillance image is asked to contact Crime Stoppers by calling 720-913-STOP.

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A museum official said the pepper spray-like substance did not get into the ventilation system and there was no damage to any of the artwork.


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