Red-haired shoplifting suspects flee Walmart, pepper-spray customers

By: Jared Leone, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

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Investigators are searching for two women with “Elmo-like red hair” who pepper-sprayed employees and customers as they fled a Walmart after trying to steal $400 of cosmetics.

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The women, wearing what appear to be red wigs, are seen on surveillance video Nov. 22 filling a cart with cosmetics. When a manager approached them, they pulled out the pepper spray, apparently as an escape plan, according to KTRK.

"They did spray the manager," Montgomery County Precinct 3 Constables Captain Dan Zientek told KTRK. "However, along their way to the exit, they just started spraying customers including an elderly 73-year-old."

A witness described the chaos.

"Someone kept yelling something is in the air. Something is in the air," shopper Lindsay Slott told KTRK. "(The children) had red eyes. Their noses were running. They were holding their mouths. They were holding their stomachs."

The women then left in a silver Honda Accord coupe.

Police are searching for two women who pepper sprayed employees and customers as they fled a Walmart. (Photo: Montgomery County Precinct 3 Constable)

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