Shalanda Morgan, 28, and Rachelle Palys, 26, were arrested Thursday and taken to the Marion County Jail.
Police said the two also are accused in the snatching of a woman’s purse from a shopping cart a few days earlier and that nearly a dozen transactions, worth hundreds of dollars, were made at several locations using credit cards that were in that purse.
In Thursday’s case, officers went to the probation and parole office in the Cascades building at 1515 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, where surveillance video showed the two women — one of whom broke a window — entering the building and grabbing a purse. The two then ran away.
The purse was later found, but the contents, including credit cards, were missing.
While investigating the case, officers were alerted that one of the stolen cards had been used at a nearby gas station.
At the store, a clerk said a woman came in and offered the card to buy cigarettes and ice cream sandwiches. When the card was declined, the woman ran out and got into a vehicle that drove away.
Officers got a description of the vehicle and found it parked at the Vacation Host Inn at 3330 S. Pine Ave., Ocala.
An officer saw a woman, later identified as Morgan, walking on the property. When she saw the officer, she ran into a room and locked the door. Morgan later opened the door, and officers saw Palys inside, reports state.
Palys admitted they stole the purse from an office at the Cascades building and to taking the credit cards, according to the reports.
During interviews with detectives, the authorities linked the women to a purse grabbing in a Walgreens parking lot Tuesday. In that case, a woman said she was putting items in her vehicle when a woman grabbed her purse from the shopping cart and ran.
Officers got pictures of Morgan and Palys from store surveillance footage.
The two claimed that another woman had taken that purse, but did say they were present when the stolen credit cards were used at various locations.
The women each were charged with several offenses, including burglary and fraudulent use of a credit card.