Video shows Loop store clerk pepper-spraying shoplifting mob

When a team of shoplifters returned to a Loop convenience store for the third time in a week Sunday night, one of the employees had a surprise waiting. He pepper-sprayed the thieves as they bolted for the door with bags full of cigarettes and liquor. And, yes, it’s on video.

A shoplifting mob walks behind the counter of 7-Eleven, 58 East Lake, on July 3, 2022. | Provided

We told you about the sickening series of thefts at the 7-Eleven, 58 East Lake, on Monday morning. Just hours after the latest theft.

Videos of Sunday’s raid show nine men and women enter the store wearing ski masks and hoodies around 10:15 p.m. as a tenth masked offender holds the door open. Here’s what happened:

The crew headed straight behind the counter and started to fill backpacks and bags with merchandise. As they head toward the door, a store employee approached and deployed pepper spray.

The first raid by this crew reportedly occurred at 1:15 a.m. on June 4. They returned on June 28, July 1, and again Sunday. Unfortunately, no arrests have been made in any of the thefts.

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