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PD: Two men spray bee repellent in Phoenix Walmart, forcing it to close

Posted: 11:09 AM, Sep 06, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-06 16:53:51-04
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PHOENIX — Police arrested two men after they sprayed bee repellent in a Phoenix Walmart store, forcing it to close for several hours.

Phoenix police report that on August 29 around 9 p.m., 23-year-old Tyler Aaron Davis and 48-year-old Daniel Thomas Punch entered the Walmart near 32nd Street and Thomas Road.

Court records show that they sprayed "Butyric Acid, also known as bee repellent, on several items of merchandise."

Due to the odor, Walmart was forced to close the store, and one member of the cleaning crew reportedly got ill from the substance.

Walmart security officers reviewed the surveillance video and allegedly saw the two men spraying the acid. The next day, Davis and Punch returned to the store, were recognized by store security and the police were called.

Punch and Davis were arrested in the parking lot. Police say they did not explain their actions other than saying it was a prank.

Walmart says $2,600 worth of merchandise had to be thrown away.

Davis and Punch have been charged with criminal damage.