Alleged Hobby Lobby shoplifters attack store employee

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- Two men allegedly targeted a metro Hobby Lobby.

Police say once an employee tried to confront the men, they attacked him and ran off.

The loss prevention officer says the man was just a little banged up. He wouldn't go on camera, but says he wants these guys caught.

Hobby Lobby is a crafter's paradise, and now shoplifters are targeting the store.

"It was Friday afternoon when officers were dispatched to the Hobby Lobby located in 6100 block of West Reno in reference to an assault," Sgt. Ashley Peters, with Oklahoma City Police, said.

A loss prevention officer noticed these two men walking the store "acting suspicious and followed them."

"They had concealed some items within their person," Sgt. Peters says.

The items were reportedly concealed and unpaid for.

"It looks like they took some type of painting craft and some type of hooks," Sgt. Peters said.

The two men were seen leaving the store, passing by registers and never paying for the items. That's when security got involved.

"The two suspects did comply, initially, and gave them the merchandise back. But, out of no where, one of the suspects began attacking the loss prevention officer, striking him several times," Peters says.

A report says the loss prevention officer was "struck several times in the neck and chin" and when other employees came to help, the other suspect "reached into his coat" leading others to "believe he possibly had a weapon concealed."

"We encourage that everyone take the safest route and prevent any type of confrontation, your life is more important than any type of property," Sgt. Peters said.

The men were last seen driving a 4-door Toyota that may have been white or tan.

If you have any information contact crime stoppers at 405-235-7300.