Police hunt underway for alleged pepper-spraying thief

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VERNON - Police are on the hunt for the person who apparently went into a Mac's Convenience store last night and pepper-sprayed the clerk to steal some packs of cigarettes.

RCMP headed to the store located at 4300-27 Street at 7:30 p.m. January 5 to investigate. They're currently working with the property owners to determine if a photo of the suspect was captured by the store's surveillance system.

The suspect is described as male with brown hair. He was wearing a black hoodie under a silver jacket. The witness told police the man is likely in his 20's. 

The clerk was taken to Vernon Jublilee Hospital to be treated.

Anyone with information can contact Vernon RCMP at 250-545-7171 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Charlotte Helston at chelston@infonews.ca or call 250-309-5230. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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