Pepper spray used in robbery
By LeaAnne Klentzman
Sugar Land Police released photos of possible suspects in a pepper spray robbery at Target. The public’s help is needed to identify them.
It all started on the evening of November 12, in the Target department store parking lot. That evening about 8:45 pm., a woman and her elderly mother were loading purchases into the trunk of their car when two women attacked them with pepper spray and grabbed their handbags. The two assailing crooks went so far as to punch the elderly woman in the face to get her purse from her. Sugar Land Police spokesman Doug Adolph said both women were treated at the scene but neither required hospitalization.
Since the incident, police have been able to compile surveillance video from both inside the store as well as the parking lot to develop possible suspect information.
Adolph said police have identified two women as potential suspects describing them as black women in their late 20s to early 30s with shoulder-length black hair.
They reportedly left the scene after the attack in a black sedan driven by a black male. Adolph said, “Police were able to recover images of the vehicle and a license plate number from license plate recognition (LPR) cameras located on Town Center Boulevard South near the AMC Theater.” The license plate on the getaway car was DK2 B894; that car also displayed a Houston Texans sticker on the rear window.
Adolph said, “For the last four years, Sugar Land police have operated a pilot project using LPR systems. Five mobile systems were installed on police vehicles, and three “fixed” systems were installed at locations in the Town Square/First Colony Mall area. The LPR camera systems are valuable tools to help identify vehicles used in the commission of crimes.” Additionally he said, “An expansion of the LPR system is currently being considered at major entrances and exits to Sugar Land.”
This case remains under investigation. Police are asking if anyone with information about these suspects or the vehicle in the Target attack to call Fort Bend County Crime Stoppers at (281) 342-TIPS (8477).