Clerk threatened with ‘infected needles’

A thrift store staff member was threatened by a woman during a shoplifting incident on Nov. 22, Langley RCMP say.

The woman entered the Salvation Army store and took a number of clothing items without paying for them, said Cpl. Holly Marks, a spokesperson for the Langley RCMP.

A staff member followed the suspect and cornered her. The woman then claimed she was carrying infected needles and would stab the staffer. The woman ran off and no needles were seen.

She was last seen heading toward the Langley Bypass towards Willowbrook Shopping Centre.

The suspect is a Caucasian woman who had burgundy hair and acne. She is 5’7” with a slim build, and was wearing jeans and a red hoodie.

This was one of several shoplifting incidents in recent weeks.

On Nov. 7 and 15, police believe the same man was responsible for making off with Playstation consoles from the Langley Best Buy.

In the first incident, the man took two Playstation 3s and walked out of the store, before getting into a gold Nissan Pathfinder with no license plates.

A week later on Nov. 15 the man was back, this time taking two more expensive Playstation 4s and again trying to simply walk out. Two employees tried to stop the man and managed to grab one of the consoles. The man escaped again.

The suspect is a Caucasian man in his early 20s, with a very thin beard lining his chin and a moustache. In the first incident he wore a bright orange ballcap and a black Under Armour sweatshirt. In the second incident he wore a black jacket, a green and white striped shirt, and dark pants.

Another unrelated shoplifting took place on Nov. 15 when a man swiped several items from the Save-On-Foods in the 20100 block of Fraser Highway without paying. He is described as Caucasian, 28-35 years old, with brown receding hair, a dark moustache, and was wearing a dark hoodie with blue jeans.

On Nov. 17, a woman walked into the Reitman’s outlet in the Willowbrook Shopping Centre, folded up a pair of pants and dropped them into a shopping bag, and walked out. She is described as a heavyset Caucasian woman.

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