BAYONNE, NJ - The search is on for a male and female couple that allegedly stole $335.57 worth of merchandise from Stop & Shop, and assaulted a female employee in the process.

According to Lt. Eric Amato, the incident took place just after 9:00 p.m. Thursday when the victim noticed several rejected credit card transactions by the couple in the self-check-out area and, attempted to prevent them from leaving without completing the purchase.

The female suspect is said to have punched the employee in the face and back before fleeing the store with her counterpart.

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