Shoplifter cuts 2 store employees, pepper sprays a third in the Loop

A shoplifter cut two store employees and pepper-sprayed a third who confronted him in the Loop on Thursday evening. The victims’ injuries were considered minor.

Zumiez, 2 South State, as seen on Google Street View. | Google

The man entered Zumiez, 2 South State, around 5:10 p.m. and started to steal merchandise, according to a police report. When store employees confronted him, he pulled out a sharp object and cut two of them. He then sprayed the third with a chemical irritant and fled from the store, police said.

One employee was reportedly cut on the left forearm, the other on their right hand. They were treated at the scene and declined further medical attention.

The offender is a White or Hispanic man wearing a hoodie who fled on a light blue bicycle, according to witnesses.

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