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Thief uses bear repellent on store employee before getting away with bags of candles

Rescue workers treated nearly 35 mall employees for irritation from the spray.
Rescue workers treated nearly 35 mall employees for irritation from the spray.

DORAL, Fla. – A serial shoplifter used an interesting method to steal from a store in Miami International Mall.

According to police, the man sprayed the manager of a Bath and Body Works in the face with bear repellent.

The thief then took off with two bags of candles.

Rescue workers treated nearly 35 mall employees for irritation from the spray.

Police said the suspect got away in a yellow taxicab.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.


About the Author:

David Dwork joined the WPLG Local 10 News team in August 2019. Born and raised in Miami-Dade County, David has covered South Florida sports since 2007.