Two Retail Workers Pepper Sprayed During Robbery

SMITHFIELD – Two employees at a Smithfield business were pepper sprayed during a robbery. It happened around 6:46pm Sunday, Nov. 26 at Tommy Hilfiger on Outlet Center Drive.

Smithfield Police said three unknown females entered the business, took a quantity of merchandise, then tried to leave without paying. When two employees attempted to block the exit door, they were pepper sprayed. The suspects then fled past the two employees.

Police said what would have been a shoplifting case is now a robbery investigation because pepper spray was used as a weapon.

Johnston County EMS responded to Tommy Hilfiger to evaluate both employees. They were treated at the scene for minor injuries.

Detectives are awaiting video surveillance footage from the business and hope it can be used to identify the three assailants. An inventory is also being conducted to determine the total amount of property that was stolen.


  1. Can we bring back prison islands? Leave these people there. Use planes to air drop them whatever they want. They can live on their little island cities and rob and loot and deal drugs and shoot each other to their hearts content.

    • Reminds me of the movie escape from NY. A good movie. The truth is your proposal is a real good idea. Dump all the trash on these islands!

  2. The only thing that needs to be banned is liberal socialist ideology. And BTW, I totally agree with the island idea.

  3. Maybe you all should be dropped off on the islands There is openings at the police department in Smithfield that could use some great citizens like you all to help stop crime around here They need to stop these people sexually harassing kids and hang them on those islands. Don’t look like y’all care to much about those people because you sure don’t comment on those post

    • I’ve got more than a few family members in law enforcement, thanks, and unless there was a police officer standing in the building when this happened, it wasn’t going to be prevented. What we CAN do to prevent this is start removing people with these ideals from our gene pool. Starting with penal colonies. Or at least start sterilizing them when they’re released from our prisons. I’ll vote for that any day.

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