Boynton police: Old Navy employee pepper-sprayed trying to stop alleged thieves

Two Riviera Beach women are in the Palm Beach County Jail after they allegedly shoplifted items from an Old Navy store in Boynton Beach, then pepper-sprayed a sales associate who tried to stop them, according to an arrest report.

Naikishia Lamaria Williams

Naikishia Lamaria Williams

Naikishia Lamaria Williams is facing a charge of robbery with a weapon and failure to appear on a prior arrest. Williams is being held in lieu of $60,000 bail.

Zeaheaha Albury, Williams’ alleged accomplice, is facing a robbery with a weapon charge and is being held in lieu of $20,000 bail.

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Williams and Albury entered the Old Navy at Congress Avenue and Old Boynton Road, just south of the Boynton Beach Mall, on Wednesday evening and selected 118 pieces of clothing totaling $1,770.98 before walking out the front door without paying for any of the items, the arrest report from Boynton Beach police said.

A sales associate tried to stop the women but was pepper-sprayed in the face by Albury, the report said. Williams, 22, and Albury, 30, then got into a car and fled. The sales associate was treated by Boynton Beach Fire Rescue.

“This is a case when you say, ‘I’m outraged,’ ” said Judge Joseph Marx during the women’s first appearance in court Thursday morning.

Zeadeaha Albury

Zeadeaha Albury

Shortly after the robbery, Boynton Beach police pulled over a 2003 Nissan on West Boynton Beach Boulevard near Interstate 95 that Williams was driving with Albury in the passenger seat. Merchandise taken from the Old Navy was in “plain view” inside the car, the report said.

The sales associate who was pepper-sprayed was brought to the location where Williams and Albury were being detained and positively identified them as the women who had stolen the clothing then sprayed her.

Because Williams’ vehicle was used during a felony, it’s subject to forfeiture, according to the report.

Court records show that Williams was on felony probation at the time of her arrest. She is scheduled to remain on probation through May 12, 2017, after she was found guilty of grand theft in Palm Beach County on Nov. 13.






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