Denver shoplifting operation busted

15 Aug

DA: Organized looting on the rise

Note that the investigation involved a grand jury.

JEFFERSON COUNTY – Five men and four women have been indicted on racketeering charges for stealing and selling $20,000 worth of baby formula formula from area stores over the last year-and-a-half.

Police say the five had stolen over $20,000 worth of baby formula from merchants in the Denver metropolitan area and Colorado Springs and then sold it at a discount price to consumers either by word of mouth or through the Internet.

The crime ring is alleged to have gone into retail stores, filled shopping carts with baby formula, and then left the stores without paying for the items. These items would then be given to members of the group who would resell the stolen baby formula

The operation came to the attention of law enforcement after investigators at an Aurora Target, who suffered the greatest losses, notice the repeated theft of baby formula.

“We are seeing more and more of this type of organized retail crime,” said District Attorney Scott Storey.

Proceeds from the illegal enterprise are alleged to have been shared among the members of the group for their daily living expenses, gambling and illegal drugs. The victim [sic] merchants include Target, Safeway, Albertson’s, King Soopers and Wal-Mart.

Seven of the nine suspects have been arrested and are in various stages of the court process. Two of the participants of the organization are still at large and warrants have been issued for their arrest.,0,6232394.story


One Response to “Denver shoplifting operation busted”

  1. larry 24th Aug 2009 at 7:31 pm #

    What ever happened to good old fashioned breast milk? It’s free and it comes from boobs!

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