Police seek woman after suspicious incident at Apple Store in Boca Raton

Detectives say woman displayed small black object attached to her chest by strap

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BOCA RATON, Fla. - Police are asking for the public's help in identifying a woman after a suspicious incident occurred Tuesday at the Apple Store in Boca Raton.

Officers responded to the store at Town Center Mall after 2:30 p.m. Tuesday after a store employee called and said the woman he confronted in the back area of the store claimed she was in trouble.

Surveillance video shows the suspect walk into the store and go directly to the back, where police said she attempted to enter the men's restroom.

After an employee told her it was the wrong restroom, police said she apologized and then entered the women's restroom.

After about 20 seconds, she exited the restroom, walked around the store and entered a second door leading to a back storage area.

When confronted by a store employee again, police said the woman unzipped her hoodie and displayed a small black object attached to her chest by a strap.

The woman asked for help, but also asked the witness to not call police or she would be harmed, according to Boca Raton police. The woman then left the store.

Police said the video also shows the woman entering the mall from the loading dock/service entrance to the left of the Capital Grille. She can later be seen leaving the same service exit and running through the parking lot, authorities said.

When multiple officers arrived at the scene, police said the woman was already gone.

Along with help from the store's surveillance video, police said witnesses described the suspect as a tall woman, possibly Hispanic, wearing a LSW red hoodie, red hat and black leggings. There was a gray graphic design on the front of the hoodie. Authorities said the woman also appeared to be wearing some type of audio earpiece.

Anyone with any information about this incident or who knows who the identity of the woman is asked to call Det. Jeff Stepp at 561-620-6196 or 561-289-9334, or Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers at 800-458-TIPS.

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