Two Ohio women, according to Franklin police, had a tool used by cashiers, that removes anti-theft sensors from merchandise.
Franklin police Lt. Charles Warner told Channel 4 News, the pair stole the anti-theft device from a Belk store in Mount Juliet.
"They were cabled to the register, and they cut those off to take with them, so they could continue their crime spree," said Warner.
Warner said the suspects were caught on security cameras at the Belk store in Cool Springs. Security personnel running the cameras noticed the two women were more interested in what was going on around them. During a 15-minute shoplifting spree, Warner said they observed one of the suspects removing anti-theft sensors from merchandise.
"They spent a lot of time in that department removing all those tags, about $1,100 in merchandise in a short amount of time," said Warner.
The two women arrested were identified as Danielle White, 21 and Jolisha McDonald, 21, of Columbus, OH.
Police said both women traveled from Ohio in a rental car, with the intent of going on a multi-store shoplifting spree.
"We found merchandise from other stores, that we still have yet to identify," said Warner.
Franklin police hope that the arrest of White and McDonald might help close other shoplifting cases in the Midstate.
Both women remain in the Williamson County Jail on a $15,000 bond.
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Monday, September 1 2014 6:04 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:04:35 GMT
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