Man pepper sprays 80-year-old Walmart employee during shoplifting attempt

Published: Aug. 7, 2017 at 2:19 PM EDT
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The Mt. Sterling Police Department is asking for help in identifying two people involved in a violent shoplifting incident.

Police say that on August 6, a man shoplifted items from Walmart. When an 80-year-old female employee confronted him, police say he pepper sprayed her. Police are also looking for a woman who they say provided the man with pepper spray before entering the store.

The two left the area in a maroon minivan with Oklahoma registration plates.

Walmart released a statement about the incident Monday afternoon.

"We always work to keep our stores safe for associates and customers. We’re grateful no one was seriously hurt by this weekend’s incident, and we’ll help police with their investigation in any way we can."

Mt. Sterling Police are asking anyone with information to leave a private message or contact the case officer, Officer Mike Price at 859-498-8899 or 8594-498-8720.