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Two women arrested for using 4-year-old girl to steal credit cards from worker at Borough Park store

By Mason White 5:32 PM May 20, 2014
Tisha Strong and Shannie Eastman 

By: Anika Rao
(Scroll down for video) Two women were arrested on theft charges after they allegedly stole a wallet and credit cards from a worker at a Borough Park store, police in New York said.

Brooklyn Police said that they have arrested the two women, who were accused of a series of robberies in which a young girl was used to steal wallets and purses from shoppers at stores in Brooklyn and Queens.

Tisha Strong, 41, of Brooklyn, and Shannie Eastman, 39, of Queens, were each arrested on charges of grand theft, theft and failure to exercise control of a minor.

In one case, authorities said that the girl walked behind the counter in a clothing store on Bell Boulevard in Bayside, and took a wallet from someone, then gave it to one of the women. The group then left. Police said that the same girl stole two purses from customers at a thrift store on Cape Kennedy Street, while employees were helping other customers.

Police said that the three entered a travel agency and asked to use the bathroom. Then they took $900 in cash. They were also accused of entering Elegant Linen in Borough Park, and stealing a wallet containing credit cards from a store worker.