BALTIMORE (WBFF) - Two women from Baltimore and Owings Mills have been arrested in Ellicott City, as Howard County reports multiple incidents of store employees assaulted by potential shoplifters.
Tocarra Taylor, 21, of Eberle Drive in Baltimore, and Brittany Cooley, 31, of Lancashire Court in Owings Mills are accused in a Dec. 14 incident at Target, on Montgomery Road in Ellicott City.
An employee said at 2:09 p.m. that a male and three females stole merchandise and were trying to leave, reported Howard County police.
"When the employee confronted the suspects, the male suspect pepper sprayed the employee. The suspects then fled," said police.
Two of the suspects, Taylor and Cooley, were arrested and charged with armed robbery, robbery, assault and theft.
No one was injured.
It was the same day that four Washington,D.C.-area women were charged by Howard County police in multiple robberies at Nordstrom Rack.
At the same Target, at 9:46 p.m. the next day, an employee confronted a male accused of trying to steal items.
The suspect displayed a knife, then fled in a vehicle driven by another person.
No one was injured in that case.
The suspects are described only as two white males. One is in his forties, 6 feet to 6 feet 2 inches tall, with a thin build and short hair wearing a gray hoodie and gray pants. The other is about 30 years old and wearing a blue hat.
Two males also pepper-sprayed an employee at Walmart, on Dobbin Road in Columbia, at 6:26 p.m. on Dec. 16.
The incident began when the suspects stole items and were confronted by the employee.
One of the suspects pepper-sprayed the employee; both then fled.
The employee was taken to a hospital with minor injuries.
The suspects are described as: one white male, 5 feet 6 inches tall, with a heavy build, wearing an orange hat and black coat; one black male, 5 feet 8 inches tall, with a muscular build and wearing gray clothing.
Baltimore County police also reported the following violent crimes in recent days:
-CARNEY: Someone was robbed of his medication at his home by an armed suspect at 9 p.m. Dec. 14, on Summit Avenue at Appleton Avenue. The suspect entered the home through an unlocked door, then fled in a vehicle.
-HILLENDALE: An armed suspect robbed 7-Eleven on Taylor Avenue, at Hillsway, at 1:02 a.m. Dec. 16. The suspect demanded money and cigarettes, then fled in a vehicle.
-PARKVILLE: Royal Farms, on Taylor Avenue at Old Harford Road, was robbed at gunpoint at 7:15 a.m. Dec. 16. Two armed suspects entered and took cash from the registers. After leaving, one suspect stole a vehicle that was left unlocked and running in front of the store, while the other suspect left in another vehicle. Both vehicles were recovered, said police.
-DUNDALK: An attempted home invasion was reported on North Dundalk Avenue at Sunship Road, at 7:50 p.m. Dec. 16. The suspect tried to enter by cutting the screen in the dining-room window. The victim checked on the noise and saw the suspect running away.