The group targeted hospitals. (Source: St. Matthews police)
Anjennete Jefferson and Donnikia Jefferson are still at large.
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Five arrests are made and two to go after a group of sisters and another relative are accused of stealing multiple wallets right out of the purses of women at area hospitals.
Fours sisters and another female relative sit behind bars as the search continues for Donnikia and Anjennete Jefferson. Donnikia is already wanted by the U.S. Marshals Office in Virginia and by the Secret Service for probation reasons.
Rita Lee lives next door to one of the sisters, Nicole Jefferson, who turned herself in overnight Thursday.
"She has six kids," said Lee.
After hearing the news that her neighbor was wanted, Lee noticed federal officers were keeping a close eye on their small street.
"Six U.S. Marshals were out here last night, too," said Lee. "She has been nothing but trouble."
Police say right after the sisters would steal multiple wallets from inside area hospitals they would immediately go shopping and come out with cart fulls of purchases. In total they racked up nearly $20,000 in charges.
Lashonda Jefferson was arrested first. Court documents state she identified all of the women involved to police and admitted to the crimes.
Lee says she remembers some suspicious activity going on last month. "Around December at nighttime, we saw them take a whole bunch of packages and bags out of the car, you know that might have been when they were, I'm not saying for sure, but I think that's when they were robbing, you know stealing that stuff," said Lee.
Lee hopes the other two sisters are caught and that this crime spree stops for good. "You know what we're worried about, too? If we leave our house and take a vacation, we might come back and not have anything left in our house. You know, cause their thieves," said Lee.
WAVE 3 did reach out to the five women already in custody, while they didn't want to give an interview, they did send us a message saying they wanted people to know they were remorseful for their actions.
Four of the women will be arraigned on Friday. They all face multiple fraud and burglary charges as well as being involved in organized crime.
If you have any information about the last two women on the run, you are asked to call St. Matthews Police at (502) 893-9000.
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