The Vallejo Police Department needs your help in identifying a pair of thieves who assaulted three people while getting away from the Toys R Us in Vallejo.
Dark clouds and steady showers did not stop holiday shoppers from rushing into the toy store.
"We were checking out Legos," 11-year-old Clairese Wright from Fairfield said.
"All the other ones sell out so quickly. So I had to come here," Jon Irwin said.
Irwin and his 2-year-old daughter, Aislynn, traveled an hour from Concord to score on big deals, not knowing, just two days ago, this store was a crime scene.
"Probably would have not come here today at all," Irwin said.
The Vallejo Police Department said on Dec. 19 at around 2:15 p.m., two women came into the store with a duffel bag, attempting to steal $150 worth of baby formula.
When they were approached by a store manager, police said the suspects turned violent.
Investigators said the women punched and elbowed an employee, slammed a 15-year-old girl into a wall, and shoved an 11-year-old girl, who landed on her head 15 feet away. That victim suffered major injuries and was transported to the hospital. Her current condition is unknown at this time.
After running outside, the suspects then jumped into their Hyundai get-away-car, where they joined three more women, police said. Citizens tried to detain the two in the parking lot. They were able to bash three of the four windows on the Hyundai. But the suspects still got away.
Janet Wright of Fairfield said when her children were younger, she often purchased baby formula, so she knows how costly it can be.
"If it's for a good reason, it still doesn't justify. The ends doesn't justify the means," Wright said.
"Our church reaches out to a lot of people, and donates lots of food and baby formula. So just reaching out helps," Irwin said.
However, expensive baby formula is often linked to organized crime. Thieves resell it on the black market. They also use it as a substitute to dilute pure cocaine or heroine.
Whatever their motive, the Vallejo Police Department needs your help to find the women. If you have any information, leave an anonymous tip at Solano Crime Stoppers at (707) 644-STOP.