Kids help in crime

3:22 PM, Jul 26, 2013   |    comments
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FORT MYERS, Florida (WBBH) -- Police is south Florida are looking for two women who, witnesses say, used several young children to commit a crime at a Fort Myers children's store.

According to deputies, two women and five young children entered the Gymboree store on Summerlin Road on Tuesday evening, July 23.

When they approached the check out counter, another woman was there speaking with one of the employees.

When the suspect became engaged in that conversation, one of the children swiped the victim's wallet, which was left on the counter.

Once the stolen wallet was in hand, the group quickly exited the store and left in a white vehicle.

The victim's phone was also taken, but was found shortly after along the roadside near Tanger Outlets.

Deputies say, within an hour, credit cards in the wallet were used twice at Pier One Imports for charges of more than $200, as well as the Foot Locker at the Edison Mall, charging up two initial fraudulent purchases for roughly $400.

When the suspect and her children, ranging in age from 5-12, returned to make a third purchase for approximately $600 in shoes, the card was declined, as the victim had reported her credit cards as being stolen.

According to witnesses, the suspect clearly used the young children to distract the victim in order to steal her wallet.

Police have identified one of the two women, but have not yet located her.

They say she is a registered convicted felon with an extensive rap sheet.

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