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Shoplifters Targeting Tide Detergent

TIDESPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Thieves are cleaning retailers out of their laundry detergent.

They’re walking away from supermarkets and club stores all across the country with Tide’s gallon size jugs.

The Big Y on Cooley Street in Springfield was hit several times over the last couple of months.

“We had a lady come through the store, come with an empty carriage, she grabbed four to five bottles of the expensive Tide the $21.00 a bottle Tide, went around the entire parameter of the store then went out the exit,” said George Arab, Big Y manager.

Arab says they were able to catch the woman in the act on the third time.

“I was completely shocked, normally you think they are stealing baby formula or other types of things, or meats, but to steal laundry detergent kind of caught us off guard,” said Arab.

ABC News reports a Colorado man is accused of stealing $8,000 worth of  Tide from six different stores and that police in Minnesota are looking for a man who stole $6,000 worth of the product.

What does someone do with gallons and gallons of Tide?

“We can only speculate as far as if they are selling it to friends or neighbors on the street corner,” said Arab.

He adds the store’s staff is now on the lookout to make sure they don’t get cleaned out of the product.

According to the National Retail Federation about 95 percent of companies were victimized by retail crime.

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