Cheyenne police are searching for three women who they say made $18,000 worth of fraudulent returns at JCPenney stores around the country this summer.

Officer Kevin Malatesta says the trio, who have been identified as 23-year-old Kyrisha Strickland, 35-year-old Latonya Strickland and 37-year-old Starlisha Strickland, hit the JCPenney in the Frontier Mall on Aug. 6.

"(They) came into the store and brought merchandise with them that they had apparently picked up from another place, maybe a thrift store or something like that," said Malatesta.

"They had attached fraudulent labels to that merchandise as well as made up fraudulent receipts and were able to return those items for cash and gift cards," Malatesta added.​

The three, who are believed to be sisters, are also suspected of making fraudulent returns at JCPenney stores in Montana, Colorado, Nebraska, Missouri, Kentucky, South Carolina, North Carolina, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas.

"It sounds like they took a cross-country trip and did this," said Malatesta.  "Warrants have been issued for their arrest here in Laramie County, but there are other agencies that may be looking for them as well."

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