Victoria Secret shoplifters use tear gas on store employee

Police are searching for a couple of shoplifters who attacked an Augusta Mall employee with tear gas on Wednesday.

According to a Richmond County Sheriff’s Office report, a man and a woman entered Victoria’s Secret about 1:30 p.m. and put items into a shopping bag.

An employee told police she was trying to stop the shoplifters from leaving when the woman sprayed her in the face with tear gas. The couple ran toward the mall exit with the stolen merchandise.

The police report states the shoplifters made off with nine pairs of pants and five T-shirts, valued around $450.