Police: 2 shoplifters threw hot coffee, pepper sprayed loss prevention at NH mall
SALEM — Two alleged shoplifters threw a hot cup of coffee and pepper sprayed loss prevention at Lord & Taylor, officers said.
Loss prevention personnel from the store located at the Mall at Rockingham Park reported to police that they had been pepper sprayed by two alleged shoplifting suspects.
Loss prevention said their attention was drawn to a man and a woman who walked into the store because they were wearing sunglasses inside and the woman appeared to be carrying a large, empty bag.
The pair selected seven pairs of sweatpants and two hooded sweatshirts before entering the same fitting room, loss prevention said. The pair then left the fitting room, but only two pairs of sweatpants were left behind.
Loss prevention followed the couple out of the store and into the mall and attempted to stop them. The man allegedly threw a hot cup of coffee into the face of one of the loss prevention officers as the woman yelled at the man to close his eyes.
The two loss prevention officers were then sprayed with a substance they believed to be pepper spray.
The two suspects fled in an unknown direction through the mall with $686 worth of merchandise and have not been identified at this time.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Detective John O'Donnell at 603-890-2381.