Calgary women face 41 charges in distraction thefts

Two young Calgary women are facing 41 charges after being arrested for so-called distraction thefts.

Businesses across Calgary were targeted since March 2013, say police

Two young Calgary women are facing 41 charges after being arrested for so-called distraction thefts.

Police have received multiple reports since March 2013 from businesses throughout the city regarding thefts in which clerks were distracted before being robbed.

It's alleged in each of the 40 cases that either two or three people would enter a business and distract the clerk while the remaining parties would typically steal electronics, cellphones or cash from either the checkout counter or the employee area.

"Two women have been charged. However, the investigation is ongoing and charges against a man are pending," said police in a release.

The 25-year-old and 24-year-old face multiple counts of theft of property under $5,000. 

The 24-year-old is also facing multiple charges for breaches of recognizance, and was wanted on several criminal warrants and Traffic Safety Act warrants.