Suspected Shoplifters Attacked Employees with Hammer

By R. Stickney
|  Thursday, Dec 19, 2013  |  Updated 10:45 AM PDT
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Hammer Used in Suspected Shoplifter Getaway

Employees were transported to UCSD Medical Center and Scripps. One suffered a head injury.

Suspected shoplifters at a San Diego-area grocery store used a hammer to attack the employees who chased after them police said.

Chula Vista police were called to the Northgate Market on 3rd Avenue around 10 p.m. Wednesday.

Two men believed to have stolen items from the store turned on two employees according to police.

One worker was hit in the head, a second was struck in the shoulder, police said.

Both employees were transported to nearby hospitals for treatment. No word on their conditions.

The suspects were last seen taking off in a gray minivan.

Officers described the men as Hispanic males, in their 20s. One was wearing a red shirt and gray pants. The second man was wearing a red hat and a long gray shirt with a stripe.

Chula Vista police investigators were checking for surveillance footage but do not have any at this time.

Anyone with information can contact the Chula Vista police at the non-emergency number 619-691-5151.
 

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