Georgia police arrested three suspects after stealing $26,000 worth of powdered formula from metro Atlanta supermarkets.
According to the Cartersville Police Department, the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office issued an alert to area law enforcement, asking officers to be on the lookout for a car suspected of being involved in shoplifting incidents at Publix supermarkets, including cans of baby formula. they took them
Cartersville Police found the vehicle Thursday in the parking lot of the city’s Publix at 300 Cherokee Place. The officers then waited for the suspect to leave the store.
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Regulo Sanchez-Romero and Mateo Sanchez-Romero were arrested for stealing cans of baby formula. (Cartersville Police Department)
Regulo Sanchez-Romero, Mateo Sanchez-Romero and a 16-year-old were arrested after leaving the store with 12 cans of stolen infant formula powder.
Officers searched the vehicle and found an additional 662 cans worth $26,000, police said.
The two adults were charged with shoplifting, felony theft by receiving and aiding and abetting the delinquency of a minor. Regulo Sanchez-Romero was also charged with driving without a license and Mateo Sanchez-Romero was also charged with giving a false name and date of birth.
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Officers searched the suspects’ vehicle and found 662 cans worth $26,000. (Cartersville Police Department)
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Police said both men gave addresses to Dallas officers. Both were booked into the Bartow County Jail.
Investigators are working to determine if the suspects were involved in similar robberies in other jurisdictions.
Baby formula has been hard to come by over the past year after FDA inspectors temporarily shut down the largest domestic formula factory in the U.S. due to bacterial contamination.