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GRIME WAVE: Itís a dirty job: Police nationwide take on soaring Tide detergent theft
The Daily ^ | March 12, 2012 | M.L. Nestel

Posted on 03/12/2012 3:39:59 PM PDT by Hunton Peck

Law enforcement officials across the country are puzzled over a crime wave targeting an unlikely item: Tide laundry detergent.

Theft of Tide detergent has become so rampant that authorities from New York to Oregon are keeping tabs on the soap spree, and some cities are setting up special task forces to stop it. And retailers like CVS are taking special security precautions to lock down the liquid.

One Tide taker in West St. Paul, Minn., made off with $25,000 in the product over 15 months before he was busted last year.

“That was unique that he stole so much soap,” said West St. Paul Police Chief Bud Shaver. “The name brand is [all] Tide. Amazing, huh?”

Tide has become a form of currency on the streets. The retail price is steadily high — roughly $10 to $20 a bottle — and it’s a staple in households across socioeconomic classes.

Tide can go for $5 to $10 a bottle on the black market, authorities say. Enterprising laundry soap peddlers even resell bottles to stores.

“There’s no serial numbers and it’s impossible to track,” said Detective Larry Patterson of the Somerset, Ky., Police Department, where authorities have seen a huge spike in Tide theft. “It’s the item to steal.”

Why Tide and not, say, Wisk or All? Police say it’s simply because the Procter & Gamble detergent is the most popular and, with its Day-Glo orange logo, most recognizable of brands.

George Cohen, spokesman for Philadelphia-based Checkpoint Systems, which produces alarms being tested on Tide in CVS stores, said: “Name brands are easier to resell.

“In organized retail crimes they would love to steal the iPad. It’s very easy to sell. Harder to sell the unknown Korean brand."

Most thieves load carts with dozens of bottles, then dash out the door. Many have getaway cars waiting outside.

“These are criminals coming into the store to steal thousands of dollars of merchandise,” said Detective Harrison Sprague of the Prince George’s County, Md., Police Department, where Tide is known as “liquid gold” among officers.

He and other law enforcement officials across the country say Tide theft is connected to the drug trade. In fact, a recent drug sting turned up more Tide that cocaine.

“We sent in an informant to buy drugs. The dealer said, ‘I don’t have drugs, but I could sell you 15 bottles of Tide,’ ” Sprague told The Daily. “Upstairs in the drug dealer’s bedroom was about 14 bottles of Tide laundry soap. We think [users] are trading it for drugs.”

Police in Gresham, Ore., said most Tide theft is perpetrated by “users feeding their habit.”

“They’ll do it right in front of a cop car — buying heroin or methamphetamine with Tide,” said Detective Rick Blake of the Gresham Police Department. “We would see people walking down the road with six, seven bottles of Tide. They were so blatant about it.”

Robyn Cafasso, chief deputy district attorney in Colorado Springs, Colo., said the problem is nothing more than “organized shoplifting” and can be stopped. One method is to toughen punishments for recidivists.

“There’s this old-school thought that this is a shoplift, so it goes into the municipal system,” Cafasso said. “We’re starting to actually get more habitual offenders out of the municipal system and refile charges to make it a more serious offense.”

Cafasso agreed that there’s been a major upswing in Tide theft. “Everybody knows that liquid detergent Tide is an expensive item,” she said.

The pharmacy chain CVS is locking down Tide and other laundry detergents in certain parts of the country alongside flu medication and other commonly stolen items. Joe LaRocca, of the National Retail Federation, said: “It’s a game of cat and mouse. There’s a real balance that takes place between customer service — the product available on the shelf — and securing the merchandise.”

Officials at Tide are trying to keep their hands clean.

“We don’t have any insight as to why the phenomenon is happening, but it is certainly unfortunate,” said Sarah Pasquinucci, a spokeswoman for Procter & Gamble.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: crimewave; detergent; shoplifting; tide
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Sure, they're trying to downplay it. But I'll bet it's part of some huge money-laundering operation.
1 posted on 03/12/2012 3:40:11 PM PDT by Hunton Peck
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To: Hunton Peck

Welcome to Obama’s America.


2 posted on 03/12/2012 3:42:28 PM PDT by dragonblustar (Allah Ain't So Akbar!)
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To: Hunton Peck
Darn! Wish I'd thought of that.
3 posted on 03/12/2012 3:43:23 PM PDT by davisfh
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To: Hunton Peck

Surely you jest! It’s not April 1 yet...


4 posted on 03/12/2012 3:43:33 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Hunton Peck
But I'll bet it's part of some huge money-laundering operation.

I'm sure they'll clean up.

5 posted on 03/12/2012 3:43:51 PM PDT by NurdlyPeon (I guess Newt is the best choice of the lot right now.)
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To: Hunton Peck

“Sure, they’re trying to downplay it. But I’ll bet it’s part of some huge money-laundering operation.”

And George Soros and the Tides Foundation are behind it.


6 posted on 03/12/2012 3:43:51 PM PDT by Stormdog (A rifle transforms one from subject to Citizen)
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But I'll bet it's part of some huge money-laundering operation.

Don't worry -- it'll all come out in the wash.

7 posted on 03/12/2012 3:44:57 PM PDT by Bernard Marx
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To: Stormdog
"And George Soros and the Tides Foundation are behind it."

Great !

You've broken the case already!

8 posted on 03/12/2012 3:51:07 PM PDT by Hunton Peck (See my FR homepage for a list of businesses that support WI Gov. Scott Walker)
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To: Hunton Peck

9 posted on 03/12/2012 3:53:03 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas gerit ;-{)
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To: Hunton Peck

So what specific chemical in Tide is being reduced to make Meth or some other designer drug the others do not posses??


10 posted on 03/12/2012 3:53:24 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: afraidfortherepublic
I never jest sbout my wash.

And don't...oh, you know the rest...

11 posted on 03/12/2012 3:53:30 PM PDT by Hunton Peck (See my FR homepage for a list of businesses that support WI Gov. Scott Walker)
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To: Hunton Peck

Bama wins a couple of national championships and look what happens.


12 posted on 03/12/2012 3:54:13 PM PDT by yawningotter
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To: Aardvark111; ACK ACK; Al Koa; Angel of Beth; another_bot_for_W; ApeNipples; axe2grin...

I see my hands' True Life Trivia
Low Volume Ping List.
On? Off? Private Reply Please.

Per popular demand I've registered at Cabelas but, again, really not necessary.

One of my favorite commercials of all time was for Tide. There was a series of them based on a theme and they shared the same jingle. I came up empty looking for it on You Tube.

The chorus of the jingle was:

Tide gets clothes cleaner,
Cuz Tide makes water softer,
So if you want clothes cleaner,
You'd better use Tide!

The verses described different laundry needs such as a kid singing about the grass stains his Mom had to get out of his pants.


13 posted on 03/12/2012 3:55:21 PM PDT by I see my hands (It's time to.. KICK OUT THE JAMS, MOTHER FREEPERS!)
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To: Hunton Peck

It wasn’t hard, really, an informant decided to “come clean”.

(Oh I can hear the groaning now....)


14 posted on 03/12/2012 3:56:04 PM PDT by Stormdog (A rifle transforms one from subject to Citizen)
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To: Hunton Peck
Even Shakespeare was in on the deal. In Julius Caesar he wrote:

"There is a Tide in the affairs of men/ Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune"

What's the profit margin on that stolen stuff again?

15 posted on 03/12/2012 3:56:04 PM PDT by Bernard Marx
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To: Hunton Peck
"I never jest sbout my wash."

I do sometimes, however, jest about it.

16 posted on 03/12/2012 3:56:17 PM PDT by Hunton Peck (See my FR homepage for a list of businesses that support WI Gov. Scott Walker)
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To: Hunton Peck
Maybe it had something to do with the Daytona Nascar endorsement.


17 posted on 03/12/2012 3:59:33 PM PDT by PA Engineer (Time to beat the swords of government tyranny into the plowshares of freedom.)
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To: Hunton Peck
How fast was the getaway car?


18 posted on 03/12/2012 4:00:18 PM PDT by Libloather (The epitome of civility.)
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To: Hunton Peck

As Washington households struggle under the curse of the ‘no phosphate’ mandate, Spokanites can be seen in Coeur d’Alene Wal-Marts and Costco establishments bootlegging cases of effective detergents back over the state line. Tobacco, too, come to think of it.


19 posted on 03/12/2012 4:01:59 PM PDT by Noumenon ("I tell you, gentlemen, we have a problem on our hands." Col. Nicholson-The Bridge on the River Qwai)
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To: Hunton Peck

P&G was supposed to introduce a new product — Tide Pods, a line of highly concentrated, three chamber liquid detergent tablets. Convenience stores would have to lock these down like they do with their razor blades!


20 posted on 03/12/2012 4:03:19 PM PDT by Starboard
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To: Bernard Marx
Flo was fond of Ebenezer,

"Eb," for short, she called her beau.
Talk of tides, of love, great Caesar!
You should see them - Eb and Flo.

21 posted on 03/12/2012 4:07:02 PM PDT by I see my hands (It's time to.. KICK OUT THE JAMS, MOTHER FREEPERS!)
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To: Hunton Peck

I keep waiting for someone break into my home and do my laundry.


22 posted on 03/12/2012 4:07:19 PM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: PA Engineer
If stock in this stuffcrashed, there's definitely a conspiracy.
23 posted on 03/12/2012 4:11:43 PM PDT by Hunton Peck (See my FR homepage for a list of businesses that support WI Gov. Scott Walker)
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To: JoeProBono

Hmmm, looks like Spicoli.....


24 posted on 03/12/2012 4:19:44 PM PDT by doorgunner69
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To: Libloather; PA Engineer

“How fast was the getaway car?”

In light of your post and PA Engineer’s #17, there is definitely a suspicious NASCAR connection being unearthed here. This is much bigger than I’d even imagined...


25 posted on 03/12/2012 4:20:18 PM PDT by Hunton Peck (See my FR homepage for a list of businesses that support WI Gov. Scott Walker)
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To: Hunton Peck

Do you know why Eskimos wash their clothes in tide?


26 posted on 03/12/2012 4:21:33 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1147 of America's ObamaVacation from reality [Heroes aren't made, Frank, they're cornered...])
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To: Hunton Peck
LOL, when lived in Alaska many years ago, Tide was a favorite tool of creek robbers for illegal harvesting of salmon. When the tens of thousands of salmon would choke a creek after entering to make a run up it, the poachers would set their nets at the creek mouth. Then dump in boxes of Tide upstream, it would irritate their gills and drive the salmon back downstream right into their gill nets.

Gill net boats painted dark gray and black were known as creek robbers. They were hard to see at dusk and dawn when the poaching was mostly done.

27 posted on 03/12/2012 4:22:44 PM PDT by Sea Parrot (One, thinks he was great prez)
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“So what specific chemical in Tide is being reduced to make Meth or some other designer drug the others do not posses??”

Bingo

The people that are stealing and buying this stuff are not big on cleanliness.

28 posted on 03/12/2012 4:25:36 PM PDT by I cannot think of a name
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To: Hunton Peck

I suppose this could be considered a new turn of the tide.

:-)


29 posted on 03/12/2012 4:25:40 PM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: null and void

No, Johnny! Why do eskimos wash their clothes in tide?

30 posted on 03/12/2012 4:26:21 PM PDT by Hunton Peck (See my FR homepage for a list of businesses that support WI Gov. Scott Walker)
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To: Hunton Peck

It’s too cold out tide...


31 posted on 03/12/2012 4:31:43 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1147 of America's ObamaVacation from reality [Heroes aren't made, Frank, they're cornered...])
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To: Hunton Peck

Sure, they’re trying to downplay it. But I’ll bet it’s part of some huge laundering operation.


32 posted on 03/12/2012 4:32:56 PM PDT by rolling_stone
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So what specific chemical in Tide is being reduced to make Meth or some other designer drug the others do not posses??

That was my first thought. Watch the goofy libertarians go all paranoid and crazy now, claiming Conservatives will try to get Tide outlawed.

33 posted on 03/12/2012 4:36:09 PM PDT by mtg
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To: null and void

HIYOoooo!!!

34 posted on 03/12/2012 4:38:49 PM PDT by Hunton Peck (See my FR homepage for a list of businesses that support WI Gov. Scott Walker)
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To: dragonblustar

Tide is a gateway-detergent. Next thing you know, you’re freebasing Woolite.


35 posted on 03/12/2012 4:39:50 PM PDT by 6SJ7 (Meh.)
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To: Hunton Peck
Moving from Cheer to Joy, from Joy to All,
I take a box
And add it to my wild rice, my Cornish game hens ...

36 posted on 03/12/2012 4:55:36 PM PDT by x
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To: Hunton Peck

Tide for drugs? Seriously?

Now don’t get me wrong.....if I were a drug-dealer, and being a fastidious fellow, of course I’d like to my keep my clothes clean.

But if some addict comes to me and says, “Trade ya 5 gallons of Tide for 5 grams of coke (or whatever) “, I’d have to turn down that offer. And smack said addict upside the head.

Money talks.

Tide?

Or Benjamins?

Think I’ll take the cold hard cash. And no credit, either!


37 posted on 03/12/2012 4:56:35 PM PDT by AnAmericanAbroad (It's all bread and circuses for the future prey of the Morlocks.)
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To: mtg; I cannot think of a name

Seems crazy to me that people would try stealing something so bulky for so little profit. There must be something in it that makes it worth more than 10 street bucks each to someone.

Something just seems wrong about stealing a bulky item like it to simply resell. Why not steal booze? More profit in it.


38 posted on 03/12/2012 4:57:52 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: Hunton Peck

Trading crack for Tide.

Obama’s barter system economy.

Makes sense.


39 posted on 03/12/2012 5:00:23 PM PDT by Hammerhead
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To: JoeProBono

So THAT’s the Prince of Tides?!

Think I’ll still skip the movie.


40 posted on 03/12/2012 5:03:29 PM PDT by Hammerhead
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To: Hammerhead

41 posted on 03/12/2012 5:53:49 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas gerit ;-{)
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To: JoeProBono

He looks like Roy Scheider.


42 posted on 03/12/2012 5:57:35 PM PDT by Disambiguator
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To: Disambiguator; JoeProBono
I was thinking Bono:

...but probably not as full of himself.

43 posted on 03/12/2012 6:08:58 PM PDT by Hunton Peck (See my FR homepage for a list of businesses that support WI Gov. Scott Walker)
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To: Disambiguator
"We're gonna need a bigger boat;

the Tide's coming in!"

44 posted on 03/12/2012 6:13:49 PM PDT by Hunton Peck (See my FR homepage for a list of businesses that support WI Gov. Scott Walker)
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To: Hunton Peck

The hell with Gold, I am buying TIDE


45 posted on 03/12/2012 6:18:12 PM PDT by Venturer
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Stay tuned for a headline with the words “Killed for a Bottle of Tide” in the near future....


46 posted on 03/12/2012 6:38:25 PM PDT by gopno1
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To: Hunton Peck

Weird stuff. Of course laundry detergent is on my Doomsday List (along with dozens of other items). I have about 5 years worth of it...does that make me a dealer?


47 posted on 03/12/2012 6:54:28 PM PDT by BobL (I don't care about his past - Santorum will BRING THE FIGHT to Obama)
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To: BobL

“I have about 5 years worth of it...does that make me a dealer?”

Apparently, it makes you rich.

Maybe you should think about getting a large safe. A waterproof one — you don’t want your assets to get liquidated.


48 posted on 03/12/2012 7:37:23 PM PDT by Hunton Peck (See my FR homepage for a list of businesses that support WI Gov. Scott Walker)
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To: I cannot think of a name

It’s probably drugs. I hear in Alabama they roll tide.


49 posted on 03/12/2012 8:09:01 PM PDT by bleach (If I agreed with you, we would both be wrong.)
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To: Hunton Peck

No serial numbers on the detergent bottles makes for a clean getaway. They’ll have to come up with a new term for “black market” when Tide is the commodity.


50 posted on 03/13/2012 2:50:06 AM PDT by NautiNurse
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