Robber uses pepper spray on store clerk in North Main Street theft

September 24, 2013 

COLUMBIA, SC A robber squirted pepper spray in the face of a store clerk on North Main Street Monday before taking cash from the register.

Police are searching for the suspect in the 9:45 p.m. robbery at a Family Dollar store in the 3400 block of North Main Street. An undisclosed amount of cash was taken, according to a Columbia Police Department incident report.

The store clerk and other shoppers told police that the man appeared to be odd when he came into the store, but they thought he might have been suffering from some sort of sickness, the incident report said. The man walked around for five minutes and then brought a box of thermometer probe covers to checkout.

As the cashier scanned the item and opened the cash register, the robber pulled out the pepper spray and attacked. He then reached over the counter, grabbed the cash and ran away, the report said.

The cashier was taken to the hospital for treatment because of the spray.

Anyone with information on the robbery should contact S.C. Crimestoppers at 1-888-274-6373.

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