Pepper spray used during SLC dollar store robbery

Posted at 11:34 AM, Mar 17, 2014
and last updated 2014-03-17 13:34:05-04

SALT LAKE CITY -- Several people are recovering after they were sprayed with pepper spray during a robbery at a Salt Lake City dollar store Saturday.

The robbery happened around 9:30 p.m. at the Family Dollar on 857 North Redwood Road.

Officers said it was a take-over style robbery, where the suspects seemed organized and prepared to use violence to get what they wanted. They said the suspects were willing to hurt not only the employees, but a pair of customers as well.

According to police, one suspect had a handgun and another had pepper spray. Both suspects were wearing masks and dark hoods. The suspects gathered two employees and two customers to a check-out area, emptied the till and then sprayed everyone with pepper spray before running away.

"We have limited information about who these people are," Salt Lake City Police Det. Greg Wilking said. "We have people that came in and used pepper spray to commit a robbery. We're worried about this because it is a rather violent crime, and we're afraid that these people might continue to do this."

Officers said they are in the process of obtaining security camera footage from the store to see if that might provide any additional clues.

If you have any information, contact Salt Lake City police at (801) 799-3000.