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A pair of suspected package thieves on Wednesday morning fired a semiautomatic handgun at a passerby who followed the couple in his car.

HERRIMAN — A pair of suspected package thieves on Wednesday morning fired a semi-automatic handgun at a witness who followed the couple in his car.

The witness sought to take pictures and send them to police after spotting the man and woman making off with boxes from a home in the 5200 block of Ambermount Drive, the Unified Police Department said in a statement. The pair drove a white Chevrolet Impala.

The witness was trailing the two to get a better look when a man in a black baseball cap leaned from the front passenger window and fired one round. A woman with a black-and-green hoodie was driving, Unified police said.

The bullet missed the man as he followed the car on Juniper Crest Road, he reported. He told detectives he believed the weapon was a semi-automatic handgun.

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Police have not named anyone involved in the case.

Neither suspect has been caught in the ordeal that began about 11:30 a.m., according to police.

Police said the pair should be considered armed and dangerous. Detectives are asking anyone with information to call Unified police at 801-743-7000.

Police forces across Utah are issuing reminders that package thefts are common in December. They advise holiday shoppers to arrange for a signature or to send gifts to work and to neighbors who are home during the day.