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Police arrest women who used 4-year-old girl to steal from Queens stores

The child's mother and her accomplice surrendered themselves to NYPD after authorities released photos of the suspect in the middle of a Queens caper.

queens robbery girl The child's mother and her accomplice surrendered themselves to NYPD after authorities released photos of the suspect in the middle of a Queens caper.
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A woman accused of using her 4-year-old daughter in a string of larcenies was arrested on Monday.

The child's mother Shannie Eastman, 39, and accomplice Tisha Strong, 41, surrendered themselves to police after authorities released photos of the suspect in the middle of a caper in early May.

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Surveillance cameras showed the girl removing a wallet from a victim's bag behind a cash register inside a Queens store on May 7 before giving it to one of the women, who placed it in her pants before exiting the store.

The women have also been named as suspects in two other incidents in Queens.

The same day that cameras caught the women, another clothing store two miles away reported two women and a small child entered the location before making off with $160 and multiple credit cards.

Almost one month earlier, two female suspects and a child walked in to a travel agency along Bell Boulevard and asked to use a bathroom. Instead, the women sent the girl to retrieve a cash box with $900.

Authorities placed the young girl with a family member while the women face two counts of grand larceny, two counts of petit larceny and three counts of failure to exercise control of a minor, police said.

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