Allegheny County

Arrest warrant issued for man who stole from Bethel Park store, pepper sprayed employees

BETHEL PARK, Pa. — A surveillance photo shows William Loughner inside the Bethel Park Home Depot on Saturday.

Now just three days later police have a warrant out for his arrest.

Police said Loughner put items inside a garbage can in the shopping cart and attempted to leave the store with the stolen items. That’s when police say he pepper sprayed two employees while making his escape.

“It’s crazy people are getting nuts lately. I mean how do you even do your job?” said Martin Devine who shops at the store.

But it didn’t stop there. Loughner confronted another employee at his blue Pontiac Sunfire shoving the shopping cart at him then pepper spraying him too, according to court paperwork.

That’s when Loughner took off in his car in the busy shopping plaza.

“I would never think here just because of where it is just doesn’t make any sense its nuts,” Devine said.

There was one other suspect who police said was also putting items into his cart, but he left peacefully when confronted by employees.

Loughner is now facing a number of charges including robbery and simple assault.

Bethel Park Police are asking anyone who may have any information on his whereabouts to call the department.