Parents fall victim to thieves at local day cares

Parents fall victim to thieves at day cares

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Police are looking for two suspects who broke into cars at local day cares, stole credit cards and went on shopping sprees.

The break-ins happened at the Lighthouse Christian Academy in Millington and the Learning Tree Daycare in Arlington.

The Shelby County Sheriff’s office is warning parents about two women who are preying upon parents who are frequently in a hurry.

Brianna Castelucci is one of three victims at the Lighthouse Christian Academy Day care, whose purses were stolen from their vehicles while they went inside to pick up their children.

"It was infuriating to me. It was frustrating. I felt violated. I thought, 'Oh my God what is in my wallet,'" said Castelucci.

She said it happened 23 minutes from when she signed her kids out.

"They were already at Walmart and spent 900 dollars," said Castelucci.

The Shelby County Sheriff's office released photos of the women suspected of the heists.

Both daycare centers have signs up alerting parents to lock their car doors.

The victims had not locked their cars before going inside to get their children.

Jill Smith, who was picking up her grandson at Lighthouse, can relate.

“My car’s actually been broken into. Not here but another daycare years ago. So yeah they swiped, they emptied out my account,” said Smith.

Castelucci said one of the stolen credit cards from Lighthouse victims was used at GameStop right next to Walmart.

Investigators said the suspects made sure their faces were covered, but they were wearing an unusual hat and sweatshirt.

Castelucci said she has learned her lesson.

"I locked it when I pulled up today and I will every day after that," said Castelucci.

Investigators believe the women were driving either a black Nissan Rogue or Murano.

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