ST. CHARLES, Mo. (KSDK) - It's expensive and easy to steal. Police in St. Charles say thieves are at it again, swiping hundreds of dollars in baby formula, and that means parents may have to pay more for it or have a harder time finding it.
On January 17th, St. Charles police say an officer on patrol in a Wal Mart parking lot spotted 28 year old Hattie J. Allen and 32 year old Shameka M. Thomas. Police say they were driving a car associated with several baby formula thefts from the store.
They say when the officer searched the car he found 40 cans of stolen formula worth upwards of $500 - and they say, this was just one of a half dozen hits on the store just this month all targeting baby formula.
And it's not just a problem in St. Charles.
From Winfield to Wood River, over the past several months, thieves have stolen thousands of dollars in formula. Police believe there is a larger ring of thieves that sell the formula to smaller stores who resell it at discount prices.