2 women sought in Chester Co. thefts

EAST WHITELAND TWP., Pa. - December 4, 2012

"Seems as though they do it pretty often. They have it down to a system. They take the wallet or credit cards from the victim and they go to directly to a retail store," East Whiteland Township Detective Tricia Logic said.

Police say surveillance cameras captured the duo three weeks ago using stolen credit cards to rack up $5,000 worth of electronics, clothes, and gift cards at the Target just off 202 and route 29 in Malvern.

Investigators say the women walked into a Wegmans in the same shopping center, stole a purse in minutes, and then ran over to the Target.

By the time the victim knew her credit card was gone and cancelled it, the damage had already been done.

"These suspects know that so they run right out, use them as fast as they can before they get cancelled," Logic said.

Police are hoping the images will help catch the women who could be connected to two similar crimes in West Whiteland Township within the past month.

One had red hair.

The other, detectives say, is pregnant and could be seen buying tons of baby items.

This news surprised shoppers.

"It's still wrong no matter what your reason is for doing it. You have to live by some principles in life you just can't go doing it and I'm sure if she wanted help, someone would have helped her," a shopper said.

Investigators say they believe the women are local.

And they're asking for women to remain vigilant this holiday season when it comes to watching their wallets.

If you have any information about the women in that surveillance video, call East Whiteland Township police.

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