Police: Four arrested for ‘pepper spray’ robberies at stores following chase


LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) — A string of robberies and a car chase involving towns and highways across the Midstate Saturday started in Lancaster County and ended in Cumberland County.

By dusk Saturday, a white SUV driven by four suspects was being towed away at the interchange of 11, 15 and 581 in Camp Hill. Police say events started hours earlier at the Tanger outlet mall in East Lampeter, Lancaster Co., where the Ralph Lauren and Michael Kors stores were robbed. Next, they say, the Ralph Lauren store at the Tanger in Hershey was robbed. There, an employee was also pepper sprayed. By then, police across Midstate PA were on alert.

Lower Paxton Township police then received a report of a robbery at an Ulta beauty accessories store on Jonestown Road. They arrived while the suspects were still there. The suspects, with police in pursuit, fled down Interstate 83 through Swatara Township, where police say the suspects brushed other cars and finally to Camp Hill. Lower Paxton Police, in an unmarked unit, managed to box in the suspects’ car. Police say they broke the driver’s window and sent in a K9, which bit one of the suspects, causing minor injuries. The suspect continued kicking the dog, but police finally managed to take the four suspects into custody. Police didn’t immediately release their identities, saying three of them had presented what seemed to be false identification.

Adam Kosheba, director of public safety for Lower Paxton Township, said one of the officers suffered minor injuries to his hand during the final scuffle with the suspects.

Kosheba, speaking in Camp Hill after the chase ended, credited “outstanding coordination from the several agencies along the interstate throughout the pursuit…to the West Shore units here” for the fact that no one seemed to be seriously injured during the robberies and chase.

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