Police seek couple suspected of attempting to steal $1,200 worth of teeth-whitening products
Police are seeking a man and woman accused of attempting to steal $1,200 worth of teeth-whitening products Oct. 27 from the Target store at Hempfield Square along Route 30.
The suspects ran out of the store and fled in a compact four-door silver sedan when they were confronted by Target’s loss prevention staff, state police at Greensburg said.
Store personnel recovered the merchandise, a large purse carried by the female robber and a sweatshirt.
Police said that Target’s loss prevention staff spotted the attempted theft at 2:42 p.m.
Employees took a purse containing the teeth-whitening merchandise from a cart that the woman was pushing as she attempted to leave the store, according to police.
Her male accomplice attacked a store employee, and a fight ensued, resulting in the worker suffering minor injuries, police said. The worker declined medical assistance, police said.
Teeth-whitening strips are becoming the targets of thieves.
In June, a man stole about $930 worth of the strips from a Target store in Exton in Chester County.
Target officials report similar thefts committed by the same suspect in stores in Lancaster, Chester, Philadelphia and Montgomery counties.
A spokesperson at Target Corp.’s Minneapolis headquarters said it is “partnering with local law enforcement on this incident” at the Hempfield store.
“Because this is part of an ongoing investigation, any additional questions can be directed to the local law enforcement,” Target stated.
A similar theft was reported at a CVS store in the Chicago suburb in Downers Grove, Ill., where a man stole more than $800 of teeth-whitening strips and attacked an employee who tried to stop him, according to news reports.
Westmoreland County Detective Tony Marcocci, a veteran narcotics officer, said it is very likely that the suspects intended to sell the teeth whitening strips for money to buy drugs.
“They steal anything they can get away with and can make a profit,” Marcocci said.
Joe Napsha is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-836-5252.