PHOENIX - Authorities have arrested two women who allegedly used a baby as a distraction while they stole cell phones at valley gyms.
Phoenix police say 43-year-old Bonnie Herbert and 24-year-old Eboney Herbert each have been booked into jail on suspicion of assault, theft, shoplifting and endangerment.
Although the women share a last name, police didn't immediately say if they are related. It's also unclear if either woman has a criminal history.
Police say the suspects used a small child to distract patrons while the thefts were taking place.
The two were arrested December 13th at a Phoenix hotel near Interstate 17 and Dunlap Avenue.
Neither woman had a lawyer at their initial court appearance Wednesday.
Bonnie Herbert was ordered held without bond while Eboney Herbert was released on her own recognizance pending a December 30th preliminary hearing.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.