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Alleged shoplifter threatens security guard with stun baton in New Westminster

Last Updated Jan 19, 2021 at 8:15 pm PST

FILE - A New West police officer's badge is seen here in an undated photo. (Courtesy Twitter/@NewWestPD)

NEW WESTMINSTER (NEWS 1130) — Police in New Westminster are searching for a woman who’s accused of stealing several bottles of wine from a liquor store and threatening a store security guard with a stun baton.

This happened just after 7 p.m. on Jan. 17, according to a release from the NWPD.

It says a woman entered a downtown liquor store, gathered up wine bottles, took out a stun baton and sparked it in the direction of a security guard.

The police were called after the woman took off.

Sergeant Sanjay Kumar says this is the second time something like this has happened in less than two weeks.

“Both these incidents highlight the lack of respect for business owners and their employees, and the recklessness of these individuals. We were fortunate to make an arrest in our first file and we will continue to gather evidence in an effort to identify this other suspect,” he says.

The woman is described as 5’8 with long brown hair and a thin build.

She was wearing a beige trench coat with fur lining, a blue and white sweater, orange scarf, black leather pants, and black and white runners.

She was also carrying a blue and brown bag.

If you have information on this incident, contact the New Westminster Police Department at 604-525-5411.