Robber Pepper-Sprayed Guard Before Fleeing Macy’s With Stolen Goods: Police

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A surveillance photo shows a woman who allegedly pepper-sprayed a security guard after walking out of a Macy’s in Santa Ana carrying $400 worth of unpurchased merchandise, authorities said. (Credit: Santa Ana Police Department)

Santa Ana police on Thursday released surveillance images of a woman who allegedly walked out of a Macy’s department store carrying $400 worth of stolen clothing and pepper-sprayed a security guard who attempted to detain her.


Authorities released this surveillance photo of a woman who allegedly walked out of a Macy’s carrying $400 worth of unpurchased clothing, then pepper-sprayed a security guard. (Credit: Santa Ana Police Department)

The incident occurred about 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Main Place Mall, located at 2850 N. Main Street (map), according to a news release.

After pepper-spraying the security guard twice, the woman fled on foot and got into a newer-model silver Nissan four-door sedan, the Santa Ana Police Department said.

Two men were in the vehicle, which was last seen traveling eastbound through a parking lot before heading in an unknown direction on Main Street, the release said.

The woman is described as Caucasian, in her mid-30s, with dark red hair and tattoos on both arms.

Anyone with information is asked to call Orange County Crime Stoppers at 855-TIP-OCCS.