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Deputies: Women used boy to steal purse at Brandon restaurant

BRANDON — Investigators are looking for two women who they say used a 9-year-old boy to steal a purse from a customer at a Chuck E. Cheese's restaurant.

According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, arrest warrants have been issued for suspects Jasmine D. Johnson, 26, and Chantel C. Jenkins, 24, both of Tampa, but the women were evading capture.

The incident happened about 8:25 p.m. on June 25 at the Chuck E. Cheese's at 1540 Brandon Blvd.

Johnson and Jenkins were attending a birthday party at the restaurant, the Sheriff's Office said, and were seen on surveillance video looking toward the area where the victim had set a purse on a counter. The video shows Johnson directing her nephew to go get the purse, the agency said. The boy grabbed the purse off the counter and ran with it to where the suspects were sitting.

Both women were then seen on the video leaving the Chuck E. Cheese's with Jenkins carrying the purse, investigators said.

The Sheriff's Office said the boy didn't know that the purse belonged to someone else, and it is classifying him as a victim.

After the theft, investigators said, the stolen credit cards were used at a convenience store.

Detectives are asking the public for help in locating the two suspects. Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at (813) 247-8200 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-8477.

Times staff

Deputies: Women used boy to steal purse at Brandon restaurant 07/03/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 10:34pm]
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