Laundry Detergent Crime Wave Hits Stores Hard

CHICAGO (CBS) — Retailers are seeing an unusual crime spree: Thieves are swiping bottles of laundry detergent, and one drug store chain has put bottles of Tide on “lock down.”

At $10-$20 a container, laundry detergent is both a necessity and expensive. It now has become a hot item on the black market.

The drug store chain, CVS, has reportedly “locked down” Tide detergent, similar to what stores do for certain over-the-counter medications and other high-theft items.

Thieves are taking advantage, swiping the detergent and selling it for $5 or $10 a bottle. In Maryland, police suspect that dealers may be accepting stolen Tide as payment for drugs and then selling the detergent.

A 53-year-old South St. Paul man was charged with theft, after police say he stole $6,000 worth of detergent from a retailer, CBS station WCCO reported last month.

Patrick Paul Costanzo was spotted on surveillance video pushing carts full of detergent out of a store without paying for it.

Authorities say thieves target Tide because it is so popular.

  • VERY sad

    I know that Tide is good detergent. But THIS is ridiculous! I’ll just buy Purex.

  • rusty

    Tide for drugs? Drugs for Tide? At least the junkies and dealers little outfits will look spectacular.

    • German Leprechaun

      Not to mention FABULOUS!!! LOL!!!

  • I'm just sayin....

    They probably use it to make something to get you high

  • Toonces

    I wouldn’t want Tide or any other animal-tested Procter and Gamble products in my house if they paid me to use them.

  • doug

    This is probably a press release or a marketing ploy from the manufacturer of Tide because “Tide is so popular”..

    • Toonces

      lol my 80 year-old mom called bu lla sh ytt on this story too.

  • doug

    Here’s the scoop according to Snopes,com.

  • sconi2
    • THEE Yard Ape

      That’s in Minn. dumb @ ss !!! We are talkin’ ’bout the Chi-town species of negro here!!!

  • JeanSC

    I choose Tide myself. But how about more focus on the people who buy the stolen Tide from the drug dealers who’ve accepted it as payment? If this market weren’t there, the Tide of shoplifting would stop. You can’t stockpile too much of it for your own use.

  • Hockeyfan

    FFS just make your own laundry detergent instead of steaing it.
    Im sure this isn just about Tide for drugs more like sellling it at your local flea markets

  • German Leprechaun

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