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Shoplifting as an Industry
The Washington Times ^ | 5/6/09 | Jennifer Harper

Posted on 05/06/2009 8:24:30 AM PDT by lakeprincess

In March, federal and regional authorities shut down a central Florida shoplifting ring, arresting 21 suspects - all illegal immigrants - who were paid up to $300 a day to steal baby formula. The group stole $17.5 million worth of formula, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Office, which had 40 detectives assigned to the case.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aliens; business; crimaliens; crime; illegals; immigrantlist; organizedcrime; shoplifting

1 posted on 05/06/2009 8:24:31 AM PDT by lakeprincess
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To: lakeprincess

Illegal immigrants? Stealing? Nah....


2 posted on 05/06/2009 8:26:33 AM PDT by henkster (The GOP is housebroken window-dressing portraying the fiction of a Republic.)
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To: lakeprincess

They are only shoplifting the inventory that Americans are unwilling to shoplift...


3 posted on 05/06/2009 8:26:43 AM PDT by MSF BU (++)
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To: lakeprincess

Dems in one state were recently trying to help this industry thrive with a thieves charter that would only fine shoplifters below $100 of goods


4 posted on 05/06/2009 8:27:04 AM PDT by chuck_the_tv_out (click my name)
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To: lakeprincess

“Shoplifting as an Industry”

Obama’s constituency.


5 posted on 05/06/2009 8:27:47 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA (If guns cause crime, then all of mine are defective.)
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To: lakeprincess

By failing to apprehend them, Obama can take credit for “preserving” these shoplifting jobs.


6 posted on 05/06/2009 8:28:05 AM PDT by bigbob
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To: lakeprincess

What are the odds that these people were not also criminals when they were in Mexico? I sure wish that we had a system where the incentives to remain “undocumented” weren’t so high, so the bad apples would be easier to sort by the fact that they were the only ones without papers.


7 posted on 05/06/2009 8:29:38 AM PDT by babble-on
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To: lakeprincess
I hope these poor people don't get hurt. /SARCASM
8 posted on 05/06/2009 8:30:31 AM PDT by bmwcyle (American voters can fix this world if they would just wake up.)
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To: lakeprincess

9 posted on 05/06/2009 8:30:44 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: lakeprincess

Baby formula must be a methamphetamine precursor or something. One of the largest baby formula factories in the US (Mead Johnson - Enfamil) is in my city and the security around there is like Ft. Knox. Concertina wire, cameras and motion detectors. Hmmmm...maybe it’s really a chemical weapons factory.


10 posted on 05/06/2009 8:31:49 AM PDT by CholeraJoe (Saiga 12 shotgun - When the Zombies see it, they'll sh*t bricks.)
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To: lakeprincess

The mob has been into organized shoplifting for at least the past 50 yrs. In hard economic times, they rev up because there are more people shopping flea mkts., willing to buy black market goods, because they are living on unemployment and must cut back on living expenses.


11 posted on 05/06/2009 8:31:49 AM PDT by penowa
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To: Joe 6-pack

That picture says it all! lol


12 posted on 05/06/2009 8:32:14 AM PDT by DonaldC
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To: lakeprincess

They should go into politics, the current administration is quite adept at looting from American taxpayers and producers.


13 posted on 05/06/2009 8:32:38 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: CholeraJoe

No, they just want you to know all of the toxic chemicals they use in the baby food.


14 posted on 05/06/2009 8:33:17 AM PDT by Scythian
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To: CholeraJoe
Hmmmm...maybe it’s really a chemical weapons factory.

Does it have "Baby Milk Factory" painted on the roof? LOL!

15 posted on 05/06/2009 8:33:32 AM PDT by penowa
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To: lakeprincess

Shop lifting rings are an odd business and are more common than most people might think. My impression is that law enforcement does not do a good job of tying the loose ends and individuals into the groups that they really are.


16 posted on 05/06/2009 8:34:48 AM PDT by ansel12 (Romney (guns)"instruments of destruction with the sole purpose of hunting down and killing people")
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To: DonaldC
Sometimes words are superfluous....
17 posted on 05/06/2009 8:35:57 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: lakeprincess
Just McCains children aspiring to be Good democrats,Have Ole John Pay for it he wants them here,He can put his money where the Mouth is for once..
18 posted on 05/06/2009 8:36:47 AM PDT by Cheetahcat (Osamabama Wright kind of Racist! We are in a state of War with Democrats)
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To: henkster

look for the demholes to unionize it...


19 posted on 05/06/2009 8:36:50 AM PDT by wny
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To: lakeprincess

Polk County, Florida HAS 40 detectives?

I don’t believe it.

Meanwhile, I left some infant formula here a minute ago. Have you seen it?


20 posted on 05/06/2009 8:43:17 AM PDT by RexBeach ("Do your duty in all things." Robert E. Lee)
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To: lakeprincess

Obama’s fault.


21 posted on 05/06/2009 8:53:56 AM PDT by bikerman (Free men do not ask permission to bear arms.)
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To: CholeraJoe

At $35.00 a can (enough to feed an infant for about 5 days) the theft is huge! Stores around us keep it under lock and key.

I can only imagine the threats a company gets from nut balls wanting to poison our infants food supply.

Think for a momment if there were no such thing as infant formaula...what would all those working mom’s do with a kid who needs to be fed every 3 to 4 hours?


22 posted on 05/06/2009 9:01:21 AM PDT by mr_hammer ("Before you were formed in the womb, I knew you")
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To: CholeraJoe

Baby formula is mucho expensive. The welfare queens get it through the WIC program. The amount they are given through the program is not sufficient to last the entire month so they steal the rest. Huge black market item.

Most independent retailers keep such products in locked cases. No self-service. Can’t speak for the chain or big box stores.

There is no margin in it for the retailer as the government tells you what you can charge for it. I refused to participate in the program so it’s not a problem for me.


23 posted on 05/06/2009 9:02:46 AM PDT by CTOCS (Some people drink from the fountain of knowledge. Others just gargle.)
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To: HiJinx

Ping


24 posted on 05/06/2009 9:03:32 AM PDT by EdReform (The right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed *NRA*JPFO*SAF*GOA*SAS*CCRKBA)
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To: ansel12
I call the whole system the "Security Bureaucracy".

Cops, Judges all of them are to crime fighting what the DMV is to efficiencies.

They don't care, don't have to, their paychecks come in every two weeks, pensions at 20 and out. Any police station, court I've ever gone into radiates sloth, slowness, boredom, dullness, perfunction, clock watching and timeserving.


25 posted on 05/06/2009 9:10:13 AM PDT by Leisler ("It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged."~G.K. Chesterton)
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To: RexBeach

We just voted out RINO’s and in Socialists. Anyone seen a couple of Trillion dollars?

There were guys from Harvard, Yale, Federal Government, Goldman Sacs and Unions around here a little while ago....


26 posted on 05/06/2009 9:14:24 AM PDT by Leisler ("It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged."~G.K. Chesterton)
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To: mr_hammer
what would all those working mom’s do with a kid who needs to be fed every 3 to 4 hours?

Same as most of them do, pump their breasts and refrigerate the milk until needed. Many employers set aside lactation rooms for the mothers to do so in private, or to actually feed the infant. My last two have.

I agree though the cost is enormous. If plain Enfamil costs that much, some of the specialty formulas probably cost hundreds per can.

27 posted on 05/06/2009 9:21:15 AM PDT by CholeraJoe (Saiga 12 shotgun - When the Zombies see it, they'll sh*t bricks.)
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To: lakeprincess

These shoplifting rings have been going on for years. It’s just part of the organized crime imported to us from South of the Border.


28 posted on 05/06/2009 9:23:18 AM PDT by AuntB (The right to vote in America: Blacks 1870; Women 1920; Native Americans 1925; Foreigners 2008)
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To: lakeprincess

Wrapped another one up here in Brevard County, Florida today.


29 posted on 05/06/2009 9:29:44 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (May God save America from its government; this is no time for Obamateurs. Emmanuel = Haldeman?)
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To: CholeraJoe

The specialty formulas do a cost a little bit more than the regular formula, but not that much. My son was born premature and very small and needed the Enfamil formula for preemies (it was always mixed with milk and we kept track of how much he was eating). The can is a little smaller and costs about the same as the larger regular can. I was glad when I was able to switch him over to the regular formula.

And it isn’t just working moms and welfare queens who use formula (as I’ve read on a couple of other posts). I am a stay at home mom who needed to supplement milk with formula. Sometimes moms just don’t produce enough milk and need to go with the formula. And then sometimes babies need the extra calories that formula can provide.


30 posted on 05/06/2009 9:45:16 AM PDT by Evie Munchkin (Sarah in 2012!)
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To: mr_hammer

at those prices you could have Salma Hayek come to your house and breastfeed your kids...


31 posted on 05/06/2009 10:23:58 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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ping


32 posted on 05/06/2009 11:04:30 AM PDT by gubamyster
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To: lakeprincess

Probably Muslims. They are heavy into stealing and reselling baby formula. Many Muslim owned convenience stores to fence the stuff

http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9C05EEDE153EF93BA35752C1A9639C8B63&sec=&spon=


33 posted on 05/06/2009 11:40:39 AM PDT by dennisw (Your action becomes your habit. Your habit becomes your character, that becomes your destiny)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Boy, I think I need a bottle...LOL!


34 posted on 05/07/2009 4:13:14 AM PDT by mr_hammer ("Before you were formed in the womb, I knew you")
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To: lakeprincess

A local grocery chain in my area treats baby formula like it’s cigarettes. Behind the counter under lock and key.


35 posted on 05/07/2009 4:18:15 AM PDT by Rebelbase
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