QUEENS — A woman used her 4-year-old daughter to help her and a friend steal from three Bayside businesses on three occasions in April and May, police said.
Shannie Eastman, 39, had her daughter steal $900 from a cash box after the mom and her childhood friend Tisha Strong, 41, asked to use the bathroom at Empress Travel Agency on Bell Boulevard near 40th Avenue on April 10, according to the NYPD.
The two women then had the child steal two purses containing $170 and multiple credit cards from The Worthy Pause clothing store at 40-08 Kennedy St., near 41st Avenue, on May 7, police said.
They struck again on the same day when the little girl stole a wallet holding $200 from a clerk at Karma Boutique at 38-27 Bell Blvd., authorities said.
Eastman and Strong were both charged with grand larceny, petit larceny and failure to exercise control of a minor.
The girl is staying with other family members and the Administration for Children’s Services is involved, police said.