Two local women were arrested on grand larceny charges for allegedly stealing over $1,000 worth of merchandise from the Wal Mart in New Hartford.

New Hartford Police say 25-year old Stephanie Leuenberger of Utica and 21-year old Shea Fonda of Ilion were seen by store employees taking the merchandise and concealing it in totes.

The two women ran from the store and tried to flee in a vehicle but were stopped by police.

Fonda was also charged with leaving the scene of an accident after hitting a vehicle in the parking lot while fleeing the store.