Seattle police arrested two women this week after they pulled “bear mace” on shoe-store employees during a robbery and fled in a stolen car.
Staff at the Rainier Beach Payless Shoes called police just after 11:30 a.m. on Thursday after they confronted the two women at the store about shoplifting, according to a post on the Seattle Police Department blotter.
Employees had seen one of the two women stuffing a pair of sandals into her purse. The women set off a theft alarm as they left the store.
When store employees stopped the women outside the store, one of the suspects pulled out a can of what a store employee later described as “bear mace.”
Both suspects then fled in a Chevy Caprice as employees called 911.
Officers spotted the two women — who are 19 and 21 years old — driving away from the shoe store and stopped them near 54th Avenue South and Seward Park Avenue.
The car the suspects were driving had previously been reported stolen, although the women claimed they had just bought it from a man in Kent.
Officers arrested both women and took them to the South Precinct.
At the precinct, the 19-year-old woman had a medical issue (unrelated to her arrest) and was taken to Harborview Medical Center for treatment. Officers booked the 21-year-old woman into the King County Jail on charges of robbery and auto theft.