03/10/2014 02:47 EDT | Updated 05/10/2014 05:59 EDT

Mom arrested after allegedly getting child, 8, to push stolen goods out of store

BARRIE, Ont. - A woman is facing charges after allegedly distracting a cashier so her young child could steal items from a store in central Ontario.

Police in Barrie say an 8-year-old was pushing a shopping cart loaded with $1,500 worth of power tools out to a waiting taxi, while the mother was distracting store staff.

Investigators say the woman was arrested and the child was sent home in the taxi.

Police allege the woman had carried out the same type of theft at another store in Barrie.

A 34-year-old woman is facing several charges.