12/09/2014 10:03 EST | Updated 02/08/2015 05:59 EST

Birks robbery in Carrefour Laval leads to 2 arrests

Two women have been charged after allegedly trying to rob a Birks in the Carrefour Laval mall this weekend.

Police said the women, aged 18 and 21, arrived at Birks around 2 p.m. on Saturday.

According to Const. Franco Di Genova of Laval police, when one woman asked to try on a watch that cost $10,735, the other woman allegedly pepper-sprayed the store security guard.

Di Genova said both women ran for it, fleeing the mall and running to the nearby Sheraton Hotel.

There, they allegedly pepper-sprayed a hotel employee.

Di Genova said when police tried to arrest them a few minutes later, one of the officers was pepper-sprayed before they were successfully apprehended.

The women, from the Toronto area and Halifax, have been charged with a litany of offences, including theft, armed assault, conspiracy to commit armed robbery and possession of a prohibited weapon.

Their bail hearing is Tuesday in Laval.

Di Genova said the prosecution would contest their release.