Thief who pepper sprayed shop owner gets lesser charge

WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — A Wichita Falls woman is on probation after changing her robbery charge to theft.

Antwanette Anderson pleaded lesser charge on Thursday, May 5 and was placed on 4 years probation.

Anderson was arrested two weeks after a November 2019 robbery recorded on CCTV showed her taking hair extensions after she sprayed the store owner.

The video was released and witnesses gave accounts of the incident, which happened at T-Bazaar Beauty Supply on Iowa Park Road.

Anderson walked into the store with a white woman and looks at some hair extensions the owner shows her when she pulls pepper spray from her pocket and sprays it multiple times on her face.

Police said footage showed Anderson then grabbing the hair extensions and running out. The owner runs after her and they start struggling with the extensions until the owner is able to get them back.

Anderson then gets into a car where the white woman is waiting and they leave.

Police obtained the car’s registration number from surveillance video and the owner told them she loaned it to Anderson.

Police said that when they found Anderson, they admitted to trying to steal the extensions to sell and admitted to pepper spraying the owner.

Anderson’s plea for theft also results in him being fined $1,000.

Police have also identified the woman driving the car, who has previously been arrested for theft and two theft convictions, but has not been charged in the case.

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