CHAMPAIGN -- A woman is accused of taking off with stolen merchandise after punching a store worker. Police are looking for the woman pictured below.
Investigators say she and another woman were caught on camera shoplifting at Bergner's at Marketplace Mall, Sunday, January 27. A loss-prevention associate stopped the pair outside the store. That's when she was punched in the mouth and the two took off. One has been identified as police look for the other.
Ben Newell with Champaign Police said the worker talked to both woman.
"The loss-prevention associate said, 'I have you on surveillance cameras doing this. I know you have concealed merchandise under the clothes you're currently wearing.'"
Newell says that's when the two suspects put up a fight. In the confrontation, the suspects denied taking stuff. Police say they ran off toward Hobby Lobby and nearby apartments.
If you know the suspect below, call Champaign County Crime Stoppers at 373-TIPS. Or text: CCTip plus your information and send it to CRIMES. Or log on. You could get a cash reward.
Original: 10:08 am
Police are investigating a case of retail theft and aggravated battery. It happened about 3:20 pm, Sunday, January 27, at Bergner's in Market Place Mall.
Two females were stopped outside the store by a loss prevention associate who observed the suspects stealing merchandise. One of the suspects, seen in surveillance pictures, punched the employee in the mouth before both women fled on foot.
The suspect is described as a black woman, 19-years old. She was wearing a pink, plaid jacket.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers. You can remain anonymous and may earn a cash reward.
Champaign County Crime Stoppers
(217) 373 - TIPS
Text: CCTip + info to CRIMES (274637)