Five women were arrested Friday after allegedly trying to steal merchandise from Target in Bel Air, town police said.
Officers from Bel Air Police Department responded to Target, in the 500 block of Marketplace Drive, for a report of a robbery and assault that involved the use of pepper-spray on two employees.
The store’s loss prevention employees had been watching the five women in the store because of “suspicious activity,” according to court documents.
The women, whose ages range from 19 to 21, were confronted by employees as they left the store. Several of them fled with clothing items, according to court records, and employees recovered about $600 worth.
While trying to recover some of the property, one of the women — Ka’Briea Pennington, 21, of the 1400 block of Banavie Terrace, who also has an address in the 1700 block of Aisquith Street in Baltimore — allegedly used pepper spray on two employees, according to the charging documents. Pennington was also sprayed in the face.
Another Bel Air Police officer spotted the car the women were allegedly fleeing in and stopped it on Route 24 near West Ring Factory Road, according to court records.
When the officer spoke with the people inside, one was using milk to wash her face, “a common practice to wash off pepper spray,” according to police.
A Target employee identified all five of the women in the car as the theft suspects at Target, according to charging documents.
Pennington, who allegedly used the pepper spray, was charged with robbery, theft $100 to $1,500, conspiracy to commit theft $100 to $1,500, possession of mace or chemical device with intent to injure and three counts of second-degree assault.
The other four women, Breona Erin Roberts, 20, of the 1700 block of Aisquith Street in Baltimore, Sequoia Elizabeth Seleia, 20, of the 500 block of East 42nd Street in Baltimore, Teja J. Wingate, 19, of the 1200 block of Bonaparte Avenue in Baltimore, and Saranan Tryona Wright, 21, of the 500 block of New Pittsburgh Avenue in Dundalk, were charged with theft $100 to $1,500 and conspiracy to commit theft $100 to $1,500.
Seleia was also charged with speeding, driving without the required license and authorization, failure to display her registration card on demand, negligent driving and unsafe lane changing.