2 suspects rob Van Nuys store, pepper stray security officer, police say

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VAN NUYS >> Police Tuesday sought the public’s help in identifying two suspects who stole multiple sets of Beats headphones from a Van Nuys store, with one of them blasting a security officer with pepper spray.

The robbery occurred about 6 p.m. on July 4 in the 14900 block of Raymer Street, between Sepulveda and Van Nuys boulevards, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

A man and a woman walked what police identified only as “a major retail store,” and the man removed the headphones from a display rack and placed them in a shopping bag. A Target and CVS store are both located in that block.

“The female suspect acted as the lookout while the male removed the items and concealed them inside the bag,” according to a police statement.

A loss prevention officer watching surveillance video saw what the two were doing, police said.

As the suspects headed for the exit, another loss prevention officer attempted to stop them, but the man pepper sprayed the officer and the two escaped.

Both suspects were described as Hispanic and between 23 and 26 years old. The man is 5 feet 6 to 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighs about 140 to 150 pounds and has something tattooed on his left inner elbow area. He was wearing a black baseball cap, white T-shirt and black shorts.

The woman is 5 feet 2 to 5 feet 4 inches tall, weighs about 130 to 150 pounds and was wearing a red shirt and tan pants.

The two, accompanied by a young girl, were recorded on surveillance video the day before at a McDonalds in San Fernando. Images from the restaurant were distributed by police, who ask that anyone with information about the suspects call the Van Nuys Station at 818-374-0081.

After-hours and weekend calls should be directed to 877-LAPD-24-7.

Anonymous tips can be submitted through Crime Stoppers by calling 800-222-TIPS.


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