Shoplifter steals alcohol, pepper sprays officer - Tucson News Now

Shoplifter steals alcohol, pepper sprays officer

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Deputies are asking for the public's help identifying a man who stole from a Safeway and sprayed an employee with pepper spray.

It happened on New Year's Eve just after 9:15 p.m. at the Safeway near Oracle and Ina.

According to the Pima County sheriff's department, the shoplifter put two vodka gift boxes with vodka and shot glasses, and other bottles of alcohol from a display, into a blue gift bag. After the suspect left the store, the Safeway's loss prevention officer followed him outside.

When the officer demanded he hand over the stolen items, the suspect sprayed him in the eyes with pepper spray.

The suspect was last seen walking towards Beyond Bread. Watch the surveillance video attached to this story to see if you recognize the shoplifter.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or 88-CRIME.

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