Baby clothing store employee pepper sprayed while trying to stop theft

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Baby clothing store employee pepper sprayed while trying to stop theft

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Children’s clothing maker, Carter's Inc., at The Avenue Webb Gin in Snellville.

A North Point Mall employee was pepper sprayed Saturday during an attempt to stop a woman from stealing.

The incident occurred around 4:45 p.m. on Saturday inside Carter’s, a clothing store for babies and children, according to a police report.

Alpharetta police are still searching for three suspects – two who stole clothing from Carter’s and the other who sprayed the employee. Police described the suspects as black females, each wearing shorts and each between 5-foot-4 and 5-foot-7.

An Alpharetta police officer arrived at the store shortly after the incident and met with the employee who was sprayed, two other employees and two customers who were witnesses.

The police report says the three women entered the store and began stuffing merchandise into Carter’s bags quickly and were looking around to see if they were being watched. An employee then started a conversation with one of the women and the two others ran out with two shopping bags full of Carter’s merchandise.

When the third woman started to leave, the employee grabbed her shopping bag and was then pepper sprayed by the woman, police said. Another employee tried to help the employee and was also contaminated.

The can of pepper spray was left at the scene. The case is still active.

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