Women Accused of Shoplifting, Assaulting Guards with Pepper-Spray at Garden State Plaza in Paramus, NJ
Police recently arrested two women accused of shoplifting high-dollar items at the Westfield Garden State Plaza mall in Paramus, New Jersey.
According to authorities, a security guard at the Lord & Taylor department store in the Garden State Plaza witnessed the two suspects attempting to steal merchandise valued at $541.
Security officers approached the suspects and attempted to detain them. However, the suspects reportedly resisted; one of the suspects allegedly got violent and pepper-sprayed the guards.
The suspects, who live in Paterson NJ, allegedly tried to flee the store.
A Paramus New Jersey police officer stopped the suspects and placed them under arrest.
A subsequent search of the suspects reportedly turned up several stolen items, including a Michael Kors handbag, Nine West shoes, and Steve Madden shoes.
The security guards who were hit with the pepper-spray received medical treatment. Despite chemical exposure to their faces and hands, the guards were eventually okay.
The suspect accused of using the pepper spray on the guards was charged with robbery, aggravated assault, and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose. Meanwhile, the other suspect was charged with robbery.
The suspect who is subject to the most serious charges was transported to the Bergen County Jail in Hackensack, New Jersey. She is being held at the facility on a $2,500 bail amount.
To learn more about this case, check out the NJ.com article entitled “Woman Pepper-Sprays Guards in Garden State Plaza Shoplifting, Police Say.”