Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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August 3, 2012

Robber uses pepper spray to get money

MOULTRIE, Ga. -- A woman who said she was on “hard times", doused a video store employee with pepper spray and then ran off with the business’s receipts.

Moultrie police said that Christina Smithwick was apprehended a short time later in a graveyard where she was spotted changing her clothing.

According to police reports, Smithwick, 22, approached the store clerk as she was walking to her car with a cash deposit.

The employee said the woman asked to use the store telephone, and when told it was closed, she sprayed her, pushed her into the car and threatened her with a knife.

Although the circumstances -- a woman robber using a chemical spray -- are unusual, Smithwick did not appear to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol, an investigating officer said.

“She was just on hard times, is what she was telling us,” he said.


Details for this story were provided by The Moultrie (Ga.) Observer.

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