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Friday, September 20, 2019 1:00 am

2 charged in theft at shoe store

1 woman accused of using pepper spray to escape

JAMIE DUFFY | The Journal Gazette

The three women didn't know they were being caught on surveillance camera as they stuffed brand-new backpacks with new shoes in the back of the Shoe Carnival store in Northcrest shopping center. 

When they walked up to the front with empty shoe boxes, one of the three turned around and sent a shot of pepper spray at the store manager waiting for them at the register, according to court documents. 

Two of the women, Leslie L. Upshaw, 19, of the 2100 block of Eden Street, and Aminat K. Upshaw, 26, of the 3100 block of South Harrison Street, were charged Thursday in the theft that occurred about 8 p.m. July 26. Court documents did not say if the women are related. 

Leslie Upshaw was charged Thursday with robbery resulting in bodily injury and theft. Aminat Upshaw was charged Thursday with robbery resulting in bodily injury and criminal mischief damage.

After the store manager was pepper-sprayed the first time, she got sprayed again when the women tried to run out the front door and she grabbed Aminat Upshaw's backpack. 

She was able to wrest the backpack off Upshaw before the three women fled in a gray sedan. Aminat Upshaw was identified as the one who used the pepper spray.

The women lifted $728 worth of merchandise and owe about $10,000 to replace a security tower system that was damaged during the struggle, court documents said. 

Warrants were issued for the arrest for both Leslie and Aminat Upshaw. The third woman has not been charged.