The shoplifting incident became a robbery when one of the women attacked a store employee.

Dover police are looking for four women who assaulted a Macy’s store employee during a shoplifting incident.

Department spokesman Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman said officers were called to the store in the Dover Mall at about 1:33 p.m. Sunday, May 5.

A store employee spotted the women putting clothing into plastic bags and then trying to leave the store without paying. The employees grabbed one of the bags, causing two of the women to douse him with pepper spray. The women, who were accompanied by two young children, ran off, Hoffman said.

Anyone with information on this crime is asked to call Dover police at 736-7130. Tips may be left anonymously.

Tips also may be submitted to law enforcement through Delaware Crime Stoppers at 800-TIP-3333 or online at; a cash reward of up to $1,000 is possible for information leading to an arrest.