Violent computer-stealing crooks: Help identify pair of suspects who pepper sprayed worker during bold Walmart boost

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A bold, violent computer boost is caught on camera: A Walmart worker in Pierce County — pepper sprayed by a pair of punks after both grab big computer boxes and bolt.

A store surveillance camera got a good look at the pair as the entered the South Hill store.

Now, there’s usually nothing funny about a strong armed robbery, but this time one of the crooks took a big ‘ol faceplant as they made their not so smooth getaway. “They weren’t real good at it, because you can see one of them fell down while trying to get to the getaway vehicle,” says Pierce County Det. Ed Troyer. “These suspects went into the store knowing what they were going to do. They had the proper tools to cut the cable on the computers, they had their escape plan setup, so they could run out the back door and in case somebody followed after them and they were going to get caught, they had pepper spray to hose a clerk down, so that ramps this crime up. They used some violence in an attempt to getaway.”

Both stumble and fall on their way to the getaway van that's waiting out back of the store.

The robber up front sort of rolls over the big box that keeps him from full-on faceplanting like his buddy behind him.

Both recover quick though and hop in the car with the computers.

Detectives say the crime could have ended up even worse. "Our biggest concern is the fact that they're using pepper spray on the clerks and if they were to get caught, is there more weapons? Would people have gotten hurt worse? So, these are people out committing these crimes, willing to assault or hurt somebody to get away, which makes this a whole different level and makes them dangerous.”

So, take a really good look at the two robbers and the red minivan they got away in.


Deputies think both suspects are white and in their 20's.

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