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Police Searching for Suspect in Retail Theft, Battery Incident

The incident occurred at Walgreens, 1470 S. Milwaukee Ave., May 30.

Libertyville Police are looking for a man who allegedly sprayed a Walgreens employee's face with a mace-type spray during a retail theft incident.

Police Chief Clinton Herdegen said the man entered the Walgreens store, 1470 S. Milwaukee Ave., at about 11 p.m. May 30 and started loading his jacket with boxes of Allegra. When a store employee saw him, the man approached the employee, grabbed her arm and sprayed her face with a self-defense/mace-type spray, Herdegen said.

The man quickly left the store and drove away in a tan or light brown four-door vehicle with Illinois plates. The vehicle was last seen traveling north on Milwaukee Avenue from the area of Artaius Parkway/Gregg's Parkway, Herdegen said. He added that a witness described the vehicle's license plate as starting with the letter "A" and containing the numbers "2" and "7."

The man, who is black, was described as wearing a black baseball cap with an arched word on the front, along with a matching black denim jacket and pants, said Herdegen. The jacket had lightly-colored bands at the bottom of the chest pockets.

The Walgreens employee was transported to Condell Hospital, where she was treated and released.

Anyone with information about this case should contact the at (847) 362-8310 and ask to speak with a detective.

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