Two Peterborough women arrested for fraud

Women turned themselves in after being identified via social media

Peterborough Police Service

After photos of two women suspected of fraud were widely circulated on social media, they turned themselves in to Peterborough police, who have arrested and charged them with fraud.

On June 3, 2017 at approximately 9:50 p.m., items were purchased from the Shoppers Drug Mart on Charlotte Street in downtown Peterborough. Shortly before 5 p.m. on June 5, 2017, two women entered the store and selected the same items off the shelves as were previously purchased on June 3rd, and then used the initial receipt to return the items.

The total amount returned was entered on a debit card, and then the two women left the store.

Police released images of the two female suspects to the media and public. As a result of a social media post, the two women were identified. On Wednesday (June 21), the co-accused attended the police station where they were placed under arrest.

As a result of the investigation, a 40-year-old Peterborough woman and a 14-year-old female related to her were arrested and charged with fraud under $5,000. They were both released from custody with future court dates and proceedings.

The name of the adult accused is not being released as it could identify the youth. Under the Youth Criminal Justice Act the name of a young person cannot be released. Editor’s note: We have removed the photo originally posted with this story as it might identify the young person.