Suspected shoplifter pulls gun on Walmart employees in Niles, police say

An alleged shoplifter pulled a gun on employees at a Niles Walmart Sunday night before fleeing the store with an undetermined amount of merchandise, police said.

The incident occurred around 7:40 p.m. at the Pointe Plaza Walmart, 5630 W. Touhy Ave., Niles police said. According to police, store employees had confronted a suspected shoplifter and were attempting to retrieve merchandise from him when he pulled out a silver gun and pointed it in the direction of the employees.

The man then fled the store through the main entrance, accompanied by a woman, police said. No injuries were reported.

The suspect did not make any threats toward employees, said Niles Police Sgt. Anthony Scipione .

“No verbal statements were made,” he said.

Police were continuing to investigate the incident early this week. It was not immediately known how much merchandise was stolen from the store, though Scipione said the items are believed to have included box fans and household items.

According to police, the suspect was described as a white man, 25 to 35 years old, wearing an orange baseball hat, white T-shirt and black shorts. He was seen with a woman described as between 25 to 35 years old, who was wearing a black sweatshirt and jeans.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Niles Police Department’s detective bureau at 847-588-6570.

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