COLUMBUS (WCMH) – A simple shoplifting case turned into a robbery when police say one of the suspects started assaulting a loss prevention officer.

It happened June 4 at the JCPenney at 1450 Polaris Parkway. Police say a man and woman were observed shoplifting.

When a loss prevention officer confronted the pair, the man threw the officer to the ground and beat her in the face and head. Police said the pair then picked up the stolen items and left in a light blue SUV.

The first suspect is described as a black male in his late 20s standing between 6’ and 6’2” and weighing between 150 and 160 pounds.

The second suspect is described as a black female in her late 20s standing around 5’7” and weighing between 180 and 200 pounds.

Anyone with information is asked to call Det. Beard at 614-645-2091 or