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Area law enforcers and agencies in other states have been notified by cops in Joplin that a tag-team of women have hit Wal-Mart stores in Joplin and Pittsburg, Kansas, and gotten away with some big ticket items from the electronics department.

The women got away with a 52-inch, flat-screen Samsung television worth $1,300 on Sunday night, according to Cpl. Chuck Niess of the Joplin Police Department.

Niess said one of the women posed as a store employee complete with with communication radio attached to her belt.

The first woman got some help from real employees of the businesses in loading a cart with the television. The woman then pushed the cart loaded with the plasma T. V. to another woman, who was posing as a customer in an S-U-V in the store parking lot.

Niess said the Pittsburg Police Department reported suspects matching the same descriptions having pulled off a similar heist at a Wal-Mart store there.

By the time any actual employees of the either of the stores became suspicious, both women had fled, Niess said.

Cops describe the woman posing as the store employee as having dark brown hair. The alleged customer is about 5 feet 3 inches tall, with frosted blond hair and driving a white S-U-V with Oklahoma plates with a U-Haul trailer attached to it.