NEWS
10/27/2017 14:51 EDT | Updated 10/29/2017 20:22 EDT

Police looking for 4 men who used bear spray during theft at mall; 6 injured

BALZAC, Alta. — Mounties say six people were treated and 20 others were affected when bear spray was used by suspects fleeing after an attempted theft at a mall north of Calgary.

Airdrie Rural RCMP say four males entered the food court at Cross Iron Mall and two tried to steal a tip jar from a vendor.

When another employee tried to stop two, one of the suspects assaulted him, and a fourth suspect used bear spray on the employee and another shopper who tried to intervene.

The four ran from the mall and fled in a silver Hyundai Elantra with Alberta licence BVV 0131 that had been reported stolen.

Six people were treated by EMS for exposure to bear spray and an additional 20, including children, were affected by the contamination of the air.

Investigators have determined that the same suspects were involved in a theft from the Tommy Hilfiger store in the mall earlier in the evening.

Police say the suspects range in age from 11 to 25 and there is video of the four captured by mall surveillance cameras.