Thefts of Tide puzzle police
Though it seems an unlikely target for thieves, a particular brand of laundry detergent is being stolen across the country.
It's a crime wave made for creative reporting, or at least bad puns: Police attempt to stem rising Tide of thefts. Thieves clean up with stolen laundry detergent. Scum steal laundry soap.
In a story headlined "Grime Wave," The Daily reports that thieves from Oregon to Maryland are stealing large quantities of Tide laundry detergent by loading it into shopping carts and pushing it out of the stores, often to waiting getaway cars. Here's a TV news report from late last year about Tide thefts in Maryland. (Post continues below)
Harrison Sprague, a detective in Prince George's County, Md., and other police across the country have linked the Tide thefts to drug sales, according to The Daily. Sprague said, "We think (users) are trading it for drugs."
In Gresham, Ore., "They'll do it right in front of a cop car -- buying heroin or methamphetamine with Tide," detective Rick Blake told The Daily.
Others say stolen Tide is sold on the black market. "They've done the same thing with baby formula for years," West St. Paul, Minn., police Chief Bud Shaver told the Star Tribune. "It's an essential. You're going to buy it." The Star Tribune reported recently that a Wal-Mart in West St. Paul had lost an estimated $25,000 worth of Tide over the span of 15 months.
Laundry detergent is something all households need, and the price of Tide -- $10 to $20 per bottle retail -- translates to $5 to $10 on the black market, which makes it a stable currency, according to The Daily. Also, detergent is not perishable, and -- unlike electronic items -- carries no identifying information.
Police say the Procter & Gamble detergent is the most popular and most recognizable of the name-brand laundry soaps, partly because of its bright orange packaging.
"We don't have any insight as to why the phenomenon is happening, but it is certainly unfortunate," a Procter & Gamble spokeswoman told The Daily.
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So how long before they start keeping Tide behind the counter at the pharmacy and I have to start giving my name, address, phone number, social security number, driver's license, birth certificate, etc., etc., etc., just to buy it? Or will it be available by prescription only?
these are the blackest looking rednecks I've ever seen
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This is just the beginning. Other premium name brands that are easy to steal will follow as the copy cats get busy once the black market is flooded with detergent.
As prices continue to rise, you will see more of this kind of behaviour.
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