Troopers: Target Store Employee Pepper Sprayed During Robbery

Wilmington – The Delaware State Police are investigating a shoplifting that turned into a robbery after a store employee was pepper sprayed by the suspects, according to Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Michael Austin.

Austin said the incident occurred at approximately 7:43, Monday night, October 15, 2018, at the Target department store, located at 1050 Brandywine Parkway, Wilmington. Two female suspects loaded a shopping cart with merchandise and then proceeded to exit the store without rendering payment, according to Austin. When a store employee confronted the pair at the exit doors they pepper sprayed him and then fled into the parking lot, said Austin. Due to the effects of the pepper spray the employee was unable to provide a mode or direction of travel. The employee was treated at an area hospital as a result of the incident. All merchandise was recovered.

The suspects were described as follows:

Suspect 1: Black female, 16-25 years of age, 5’2”, small build, wearing a denim jacket.

Suspect #2: Black female, 16-25 years of age, 5’6”, averaged build, wearing a black jacket.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Troop 2 Robbery Unit at 302-365-8566.

Information may also be provided by calling Delaware crime stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at