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'Lady thieves' cause commotion to distract from stealing

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FRANKLIN, TN (WSMV) -

Franklin police are searching for a group of women who appear to be using noise and commotion to cover their crimes.

A group of 10 to 15 women walked into the Belk Home Store at the Cool Springs Galleria on Aug. 26 and some distracted store clerks while other partners-in-crime slipped into a back room and stole items from employees' purses, police said.

The women stole wallets, bank cards, sunglasses and an iPhone, and they then ran across the street to Target.

"Moments after these customers left with stolen items, they went and began charging things at Target, which is just minutes away," said Franklin police spokesman Lt. Charles Warner.

Police don't know who the women are or where they are from, but they hope that by getting their image out there, clerks and managers at other stores may know what to look for.

"Not only do we want to get them into custody, but we want to alert other store owners as well that when you see 10 to 15 people walk into your store and start talking to you, distracting you, they may not be in there to shop," Warner said.

Franklin police say a normal theft ring is no more than three people, and nobody can remember a theft ring that included a dozen or more adults all working together on location.

If you know anything that could help investigators, call Franklin police.

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