Seminole County deputies search for women in distraction thefts

Employees lured away from registers, desks during thefts, deputies say

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SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. - Seminole County deputies are searching for two women they say are stealing from stores by distracting the employees.

Deputies said the pair went into Bellys Babies and Beyond and Brightlight Books in the last month, which are occupied by only a few employees.

In both cases, one suspect lured an employee away from a desk or register by asking questions about merchandise while the other stole credit cards and money from unattended purses and wallets, according to the report.

The culprits then used the stolen credit cards to make fraudulent purchases.

In one of the cases, an electronic tablet was also stolen.

According to the report, one of the women is described as a light skinned black female, medium build, with long kinky black or dark brown hair. That culprit was caught on surveillance video and deputies released a picture of her.

The second culprit is described as a black female, medium build, with multiple tattoos across her chest and arms, deputies said.

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