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Suspected shoplifter fires pepper spray at store security

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A woman suspected of shoplifting at a Burbank store fired pepper spray Thursday evening after she was detained by security personnel, police said.

The woman was spotted about 5:30 p.m. by security at the Burlington Coat Factory and taken into an office for questioning, Burbank police said.

She grabbed pepper spray from her purse and fired it in the direction of the security personnel, according to police. It was unclear whether anyone was injured or treated at scene.

The woman was restrained and handcuffed while the Burbank Police Department was called. Officers were at the store Thursday evening talking to witnesses.

The store manager declined to comment when contacted by the The Times. No other details were immediately available.

In late November, a woman who authorities say was “competitive shopping” fired pepper spray at a Wal-Mart in Porter Ranch as customers jostled for low-priced video games during a Black Friday sale. That case is under review by the Los Angeles city attorney’s office.

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