Loss prevention employees at the J.C. Penney store at Towne East Square found themselves staring at a gun when they tried to halt shoplifters on Wednesday afternoon, police said.
The two unarmed employees stopped a man and woman just outside the store at about 4:45 p.m., Lt. Dan East said. The two suspects got into a struggle with the employees when a third person came up and pointed a gun at the employees.
All three suspects then left in a small maroon SUV, East said.
The first suspect is a white woman about 25 years old who is 5-feet-4 and 130 pounds, the employees told police. She has a tattoo on her left wrist.
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The second suspect is a white man between 25 and 30 who is about 5-feet-7 and 190 pounds. He is bald and has a goatee and also has a tattoo on his left wrist.
The suspect with the gun is a white man between 25 and 30 who is about 6 feet tall and 225 pounds, East said. The shoplifters stole men’s clothing.