Shoplifting Suspect Sprays Employee With Pepper Spray

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

Odessa - A woman accused of shoplifting and then spraying an Albertson's employee with pepper spray is behind bars.

Police say 32-year-old Cheryl Suzanne Barker tried to steal merchandise from the Albertson's on East 8th Street Thursday night.

Barker hid the merchandise in her purse and tried to leave the store without paying.

An employee attempted to stop the woman and ended up struggling with Barker. That's when police say Barker sprayed the employee with pepper spray.

Two other employees were able to detain Barker until police arrived.

Barker is charged with robbery, which is a second Degree Felony.