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Rise in Baby Formula Thefts Hits St. Louis Area

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Grocery store owners and police are noticing a growing trend of baby formula thefts across the St. Louis area.

Incidents of this type of theft are popping up from the Metro East to St. Louis County but St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch says the people stealing formula don’t necessarily have babies.

“It’s become very expensive. It’s just like, you know, they’re also stealing those Tide pods, those are very expensive,” the chief said. “So anything that’s of value that you can sell on the street corner and get half the price of what you’d pay in the grocery store.”

Fitch says there is high demand for the formula in impoverished neighborhoods and the thieves often need the money for drugs or other purchases.

“When you’re at the supermarket next time, walk by the place that sells baby formula. Most of the times you’re going to find it locked up,” Fitch said. “There are actually cabinets now where they use to secure electronics. Now they’re locking up baby formula.”

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