Group of people use pepper spray while robbing Akira store

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CHICAGO — A teenager faces charges in a pepper spray robbery in Bucktown.

The Akira store at 1814 W. North Ave. was robbed around 9 p.m. Monday. A group of up to 10 people targeted the store, just as employees prepared to close.

One worker asked the group to leave, but some of them started grabbing clothes worth hundreds of dollars and heading for the door without paying.

As an employee confronted the group, one of them used pepper spray in the direction of two employees.

Police later captured a 16-year-old boy. This teen faces three felony counts of armed robbery. Police are still looking for the other suspects.

The workers who were pepper sprayed refused medical treatment and are doing okay.

Store surveillance cameras are all over the boutique, and I.T. specialists are now working to isolate that footage.

Some of the stolen items were found in an alleyway.


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