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Employees sprayed with chemical substance during alleged robbery at Brooklyn Rite Aid: cops

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Posted at 7:59 AM, Dec 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-27 07:59:38-05

CONEY ISLAND, Brooklyn — Police are searching for five people who allegedly strayed a chemical substance at employees at a Brooklyn Rite Aid earlier this month.

Four men and a woman entered the Rite Aid store on Mermaid Avenue just before 9 p.m. on Dec. 8 and began to remove candy from the display shelves, police said.

As they attempted to exit through the front door, store employees confronted them, and a physical confrontation ensued, according to cops.

A woman the produced an unknown chemical substance and sprayed two employees before all the suspects fled, authorities said.

They fled with about $40 worth of candy.

Employees were treated at the scene for skin and eye irritation.

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