Police: Three arrested for stealing $1,600 worth of baby formula
Pickering, DiSanto, Ripley
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Three people have been arrested
after stealing baby formula from a Price Chopper, a form of theft that is more
common than most think.
On Thursday, Saratoga Springs Police arrested 23 year old
Geoffrey Pickering of Hudson Falls, 23 year old Brett Disanto of Argyle and 22
year old Daisy Ripley of Argyle following a ring of thefts at local Price
According to Saratoga Police, the three stole $1,600
worth of Enfamil baby formula from the Price Chopper on Railroad Avenue and at
the store on Ballston Avenue between September 17th and October 21st.
However, police say the formula thefts didn't stop there.
On October 22nd, police arrested the three for allegedly stealing
more baby formula at a Price Chopper in Clifton Park.
Lt. Bob Jillson says the three could have stolen the
powdered formula to use in drugs. The
formula is sometimes used to dilute heroin and methamphetamine or to stretch
the product when supplies run low.
Lt. Jillson says another reason people steal the product
some have referred to as liquid gold, is to resell on the black market or to
Stores like Price Chopper often lock up baby formula and
keep a limited supply on the shelf to try and reduce the theft.
Pickering and Ripley were charged with 7 counts of Petit
Larceny each. DiSanto was also charged with 7 counts of Petit Larceny and 7
counts of Burglary in the 3rd Degree, police say The Burglary charge stems from
an incident where Disanto was told by Price Chopper staff he was not allowed on
any of their property.
Police say none of the formula was recovered.
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