Trio Allegedly Caught Stealing Baby Formula

Three suspects in their early 20s were apprehended after allegedly stealing 23 cans of Enfamil from a Murrieta Albertsons, police said.

Three people were arrested Friday on suspicion of stealing baby formula from a Murrieta grocery store, according to police.

Officers were called at about 2:59 p.m. Friday to 28047 Scott Road, when three suspects—later identified as San Bernardino residents Casey Leon Banks, 20, and Daquvia Latree Winslett, 22, and Highland resident Charlotte Genesis Chatman, 20—were allegedly caught hiding baby formula in a freezer, according to Murrieta police Sgt. Dave Baca.

The trio, whom Baca said were reportedly seen leaving Albertsons in a black Acura with paper license plates, were stopped by an officer a short time later near Super Target on Clinton Keith Road, he said.

"Store clerks from Albertsons were brought to the traffic stop location and positively identified the three individuals detained as the suspects involved in the prior theft of Enfamil. All three individuals were also identified on video from the previous theft," Baca said.

The prior incident took place Dec. 18, during which 28 cans of Enfamil valued at about $450 total were taken, according to the sergeant.

Officers also allegedly found 23 unopened cans of Enfamil inside the Acura, he said.

The suspects were booked at Southwest Detention Center on suspicion of burglary, jail records showed.

BRUNO TRAVANTI December 29, 2012 at 05:10 AM
I realize a theft is a theft....but....if the MPD do a thorough investigation, they will probably find a hungry little baby somewhere in this scenario. If they do, just remember young parents will beg, borrow and steal to feed their innocent children. Sad, very sad.
Christina Wilson Erb December 29, 2012 at 05:18 AM
If they are driving a new Acura they probably are not stealing to feed a starving baby.
Bryan C. December 29, 2012 at 05:29 AM
Bruno, really? They sell it. If you were stealing that many, personal use would not come to mind. A few cans at a time is less noticeable for a mom being spontaneous to feed her baby. 3 lady's from SanBerdo to here...thrives turning a profit.
BRUNO TRAVANTI December 29, 2012 at 05:30 AM
no where did it say the Acura was "new"....paper plates can be used for other reasons besides "just having been bought".....but one thing is for certain, baby formula is not easily 'fenced', as-in, items stolen to sell on the 'black market', eh? Like I said, I'd take a 'wild' guess and 'go out on a limb' to say, it was stolen for a hungry baby. Or do you disagree, Ms. Erb?
BRUNO TRAVANTI December 29, 2012 at 05:35 AM
BC, would it have it made you feel better if they were from Murrieta? Oh no, never from Murrieta, right?
Sarah B December 29, 2012 at 06:02 AM
@ bruno if in fact a hungry baby, there are other options. MOM can BREASTFEED or WIC even food stamps!!! http://www.fns.usda.gov/wic/
Sarah B December 29, 2012 at 06:04 AM
@bruno do an EBAY search for enfamil and see how many people are SELLING their baby's milk for profit!! think outside your box!
Sarah B December 29, 2012 at 06:04 AM
Bryan C. December 29, 2012 at 06:17 AM
Bruno, I hope you're not a cop. 23 cans in the car and 28 being stolen from the store in one shot? That is not a hungry baby. C'mon. I've read you other posts on stuff. You're smarter than that right?
Brenda December 29, 2012 at 10:23 AM
It is sold on the "streets" and that is why at most stores baby formula is now locked up like some medicines, condoms, pregnancy tests as young people want them, need them, dont usually want a parent to know and cant afford them. Have you seen the cost of a can of Enfamil folks? Even Wic doesnt cover the cost of it. Yes, it is sold on the streets, traded for drugs mostly. Bruno you can ask any store around town, Murrieta or Temecula, Menifee, and they will all tell you the same. Also notice they are locked up now. Its very sad that a babies food, dinner maybe depends on whether or not someone comes up with some drugs to pay someone for it :/ The next biggest seller is pregnancy tests, the kids dont usually have that much money at one time, less they can come up with a good reason for it. Oh and the little vials that supposedly have a liguid that makes drugs flush out of your body faster if you think your parents might pop a drug test on you. I think most of them sold are fake, sugar water, red dye, but they sell alot of them. With these articles this week, I think everyone if finding out a little bit more each day just how bad things have gotten out here in our nice little Cities of Temecula, Murietta, Menifee. and around them. :/
sandalina December 29, 2012 at 10:39 AM
You are correct. What police are likely to dig up on this trio is a well organized crime ring that resells the product for pennies on the dollar. It's a very common issue at retail across Southern Cal.
Tim December 29, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Pull your head out Bruno
BRUNO TRAVANTI December 29, 2012 at 03:24 PM
I throw out another reason why ppl would steal baby formula and see what I get? A complete dismissal of the possibility and insults to boot. While we can agree to disagree but do we really need the crude remarks or is that a mark of the times (21st century), as well?.....Very discouraging sad state of affairs.
Tim December 29, 2012 at 03:46 PM
You may be right about the hungry baby. Because they sold or traded the baby formula for crack.
Christina Wilson Erb December 29, 2012 at 03:47 PM
Look on Craigslist, formula sells there, very quickly for almost full retail value.
Htsp December 29, 2012 at 05:27 PM
No offense, but if the trio were trying to feed a starving baby they most likely would of gone straight to feed the baby and not head to the next location to gain some more formula, unless they are stocking up with a forever long road trip. Glad they were arrested.
PM Murrieta December 29, 2012 at 06:38 PM
Old, old scam. I worked for Target years ago. These people steal the formula and then "return" it to Target without a receipt and get cash to further their drug addictions. All Target requires for a return w/o a receipt it a driver's license (mostly likely fraudulent or stolen). Returning stolen diapers in the same fashion happens too.
JAF December 29, 2012 at 11:40 PM
Anytime a suspects name is a made up word with letters thrown together? Daquvia Latree - hmmmm. Let me guess. No doubt highly educated, good girls with a great upbringing. Ahhhh Bruno
BRUNO TRAVANTI December 29, 2012 at 11:53 PM
do you mean like JAF "name is a made up word with letters thrown together"....hmmm? then using your logic, let me guess, no doubt you must be a suspect too, JAF? --- ring-leader maybe? ... oh silly JAF !
Mark Higareda December 30, 2012 at 06:55 PM
I read that Tide laundry soap is being sold in the black market.. People sell these items cheaper than the store would and it's a lucrative business.. A lot of scandalous things going on out there...


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