It took at least six minutes for one of three women allegedly caught on camera stealing a stroller from a New Jersey store to realize she forgot her baby at the store.
The women were at Bambi Baby Aug. 16 in Middletown, which is about 45 miles south of New York City, according to Fox News.
While two of the women distracted an employee, the third woman went to the front of the store to grab a stroller, police told Fox News.
She left the store before realizing her baby wasn’t with her.
Although it’s unclear which of the three women left the baby, police told reporters they tracked down two of the three women — 23-year-old Maryann Cash and 20-year-old Nan McCarthy.
The store manager, Justin, told ABC how the women initially deceived him.
“I had a couple of customers in the store, and then three women walked in behind another customer,” he said. “Two of them distracted me, and then one walked out with the stroller. And then a couple minutes later, one of them comes back in because they left their child in the store.”
Justin told ABC he noticed the stroller was gone pretty quickly but didn’t want to jump to conclusions.
“So I definitely walked around the store first and then started checking the camera and then noticed the stroller had been taken,” he said. “And then right before I called the cops, the girl had come walking back in to retrieve the child. And at that point after she had walked out, I said, ‘Hey, I’m pretty sure you guys stole my stroller. I’d like it back.’ And she just kind of ran off, and at that point I dialed 911.”
Store owner Enelio Ortega told CBS News:
“I was devastated that someone would leave their child in a store to worry more about stealing a stroller.”
“If you need to steal for a living, that’s a personal problem, that’s a personal issue. But when you bring children that have no idea what’s going on, that affected me. That’s why I’m sharing the video as much as possible.”