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Two women arrested by Sheriff's Office after rash of purse thefts in West 192

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office recently arrested two women on grand theft charges after they received an increase in purse thefts in the West U.S. Highway 192 area.

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Two women arrested by Sheriff's Office after rash of purse thefts in West 192

The majority of the cases were reported out of Ross Clothing Stores and Marshalls in October of 2018. With the cases assigned to the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office Tourism Policing Unit, surveillance video from these stores showed two black females following victims around the stores until they left their purses unattended for even a brief moment, according to a Sheriff’s Office report.

 The suspects, identified as Tyqueria Lashon Rivers, 23, and Classie Deisary Green, 32, would immediately use any credit cards stolen to purchase Visa gift cards.

On Jan. 4, detectives with the Osceola County West Property Crimes Unit and Tourism Policing Unit served an arrest and search warrant on Rivers at her home in Orlando. The warrant seized items belonging to victims, property purchased with fraudulent credit cards, and more than 200 gift cards with a face value of over $30,000, Sheriff’s Office officials said. Rivers was charged with grand theft, possession of stolen credit cards and criminal use of personal identification.

On Wednesday, Jan. 9, Green was arrested on three counts of grand theft and criminal use of personal identification and booked into the Orange County Jail.

The investigation is continuing in an attempt to locate more victims and potentially more suspects.