(KMOV.com) -- Police in west St. Louis County are warning shoppers to be more vigilant while roaming the mall after two recent violent cases involving shoplifters.
Security officers said they tried to stop Morgan Johnson, 25, of Florissant from hopping into a getaway van and she fought back by using a stun gun on a security officer’s face.
Detective Marshall Broughton said when people do shoplift, they typically aren’t dangerous.
“What we’re finding is their main objective is to get away,” Broughton said, “So if confronted by say, loss prevention, they may fight in an effort to flee the area.”
Police say on March 21, two women robbed a store in the Chesterfield mall. Police say the two tried leaving the store and were confronted by a security guard. One of the women then allegedly reached into her purse, grabbed a can of mace and sprayed the security guard.
The suspects fled the store, separating in the parking lot.
Authorities say the woman who pepper sprayed the security officer then assaulted a woman sitting in her car and jumped into the passenger seat. She took the woman’s cell phone and forced her to drive to the Big Bend Rd. and Interstate 64 area.
According to police, the suspect had the woman wait at a gas station until a white vehicle with tinted windows picker her up.