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Shoplifting suspect accused of using mace to get away facing charges

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Kathryn Love is one of the suspects arrested and charged in relation to shoplifting at Taubman Prestige Outlet Mall. (credit: Chesterfield Police Department) Kathryn Love is one of the suspects arrested and charged in relation to shoplifting at Taubman Prestige Outlet Mall. (credit: Chesterfield Police Department)

CHESTERFIELD, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- Chesterfield Police arrested and charged 50-year-old Kathryn Love with resisting arrest, stealing and second-degree assault in connection with a shoplifting incident at Taubman Prestige Outlet Mall. 

According to authorities, at around 6 p.m. last Saturday, a few Gap Store employees noticed two women and one man they deemed suspicious and immediately called police. As a responding officer tried to stop the three, they continued to walk out of the store. The officer grabbed the woman he believed stole items, but she attempted to headbutt the officer.

"She actively resisted by trying to pull away, our officer grabbed onto her to hold onto her, she tried to headbutt him to try to get him to release her," Chesterfield Sgt. Keith Rider said.

When headbutting did not work, she called out for the other woman to pull out a canister of pepper spray and use it on the officer.

"A little bit  got on his hand  and a little bit got on the suspect he had control of, luckily it didn't get into his eyes or injure him," said Chesterfield Sgt. Keith Rider. 

Authorities report they have noticed an unusual increase in the use of mace by shoplifters. Police said this is the third or fourth incident that a suspect has tried or threaten to use mace as a getaway. 

Love is being held on a $25,000 bond. 

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