2 Tried to Steal $1,200 Worth of Teeth Whiteners

State police are seeking a couple seen on surveillance video before they tried to steal $1,200 worth of teeth whiteners from a western Pennsylvania store.

Authorities say such thefts are becoming common. They believe that's because the thieves can easily re-sell the products and possibly use the money to buy drugs.

Police on Wednesday publicized the case at a Target store in Hempfield Township, Westmoreland County, because they've been unable to identify the suspects.


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Police say the couple tried to steal the items on Oct. 27, but were stopped by the store's loss prevention staff about 2:40 p.m. that day.

Police say the employees seized the woman's purse, which contained the teeth whiteners, as the couple fled. The man fought with employees before the couple drove away in a compact silver sedan.

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