Two women arrested in Bayside shoplifting theft using child: Police

Authorities released surveillance images of the two women suspected in the Bayside grand larceny, according to cops. Images courtesy NYPD
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Two women have been arrested in connection with a series of thefts in which they allegedly used a small child to help them steal from three Bayside stores, including two on the same day, the NYPD said.

Police said Brooklyn resident Tisha Strong, 41, and Shannie Eastman, 39, of South Jamaica, were responsible for two separate thefts from Worthy Pause, at 40-08 Kennedy St., and Karma Boutique, at 38-27 Bell Blvd., May 7 in which they instructed a young child to steal personal property from people inside the store and hand it to them before leaving. The women allegedly took two purses from Worthy Pause that contained $170 in cash and multiple credit cards, while a wallet stolen from Karma the same day contained $200 in cash and one credit card, according to police.

The pair was also charged in a third incident that occurred April 10 inside the Empress Travel Agency, at 39-22 Bell Blvd., in which the child allegedly took $900 from a cash box in a back room of the store after asking to use a bathroom located nearby.

Police did not say whether the same child was used for all three thefts or how she was connected to the suspects.

Strong and Eastman were both charged with two counts each of grand larceny, two counts of petit larceny and three counts of failure to exercise control of a minor.

Reach reporter Kelsey Durham at 718-260-4573 or by e-mail at

Updated 12:32 am, July 10, 2018
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Red the garbage man from Whitestone says:
Jamaica scum , that's what it is!
May 20, 2014, 4:26 pm
Michael finsky from Jamaica Estates says:
So now we blame a community for the criminal activities if lawless individuals who happens to live in South Jamaica. It is apparent to me that Red the garbage man is inhaling too many fumes of garbage from the back of the truck. Perhaps red you should be sitting in the front seat of common sense so you don't have to make idiotic comments like that Red. Shame of you let's deal with the individuals and not paint the whole community with the stroke of a misguided brush.
May 21, 2014, 12:32 pm

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