Woman arrested in Short Pump after using mace

Melissa A. Abeyta
Melissa A. Abeyta

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HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - Henrico Police arrested a North Carolina woman on two charges stemming from an incident Sunday afternoon at Short Pump Town Center.

Police say Melissa A. Abeyta, 24, of Hope Miles, NC, entered a store and selected various items. Police say the store's loss prevention officer then noticed Abeyta walking out of the store with the items placed into a bag. The loss prevention officer stopped Abeyta outside, where a struggle ensued, according to police. Police say Abeyta then maced the loss prevention officer in an attempt to escape. She didn't.

Abeyta was arrested and charged with grand larceny and unlawful release of a dangerous gas, causing injury.

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