- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 17, 2014

ST. LOUIS (AP) - St. Louis police say a female robber used an unusual weapon for her crimes - pepper spray.

KMOV-TV (https://bit.ly/1uHcEn3 ) reports that 20-year-old Averia Smith was arrested Tuesday and is charged with two counts of robbery. She is jailed on $75,000 bond and does not yet have an attorney.

Both robberies occurred in the Central West End area of St. Louis. Police say that in both cases, pepper spray was used to temporarily blind the victims, then their purses were stolen.

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Information from: KMOV-TV, https://www.kmov.com

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