Placer County deputies say the arrests of three people could solve a series of baby formula thefts at grocery stores from the Bay area to Reno.
When caught, a suspect vehicle had 160 items worth thousands of dollars, the majority of the merchandise being baby formula, which can cost $17 for a 12.6 ounce can. Other items recovered included heartburn medication, toothpaste and big bottles of tequila.
The three arrested are all from the Bay area: Charday Mariah Monique Brown, 18, of Hayward, Torryiel Gayla Griggs, 20, of Oakland and Damon Yon Marcus Nash, 24, of Hayward. They were booked into Placer County jail on suspicion of commercial burglary and conspiracy.
According to a press release, the three and one other man were noticed trying to make off with baby formula at 6:50 p.m. Wednesday from a north Auburn Bel Air store. The two women and two men entered the store on Highway 49 and were seen stuffing duffel bags with the infant formula, according to the sheriff’s office.
When a store employee tried to intercept the group, one of the men fled out the front door with a bag of merchandise and was last seen crossing Highway 49. The two women dumped baby formula in various aisles before fleeing from the store to a blue sedan.
Eventually, the two women were arrested when they ran from the car. Two hours later Nash was found walking along Highway 49.
Detectives are looking for a fourth suspect.