International baby formula theft ring discovered in BC

Nov 18 2016, 3:39 am

There’s big bucks in baby formula apparently.

Vancouver police are investigating what they call an “unusual case,” after discovering an international operation that saw large amounts of baby formula stolen from BC stores and shipped to China for a profit.

Police said their loss prevention contacts in the local retail industry had confirmed they were seeing large losses of baby formula.

Detectives determined that a man was allegedly paying drug-addicted individuals to steal the formula for him, which he would then buy from them.

The formula was then taken to one of three Vancouver locations before being shipped overseas.

On the morning of November 8, investigators arrested the 46-year-old alleged fence and seized his vehicle.

A search of the suspect’s Vancouver home, his apartment, and a small business linked to him, found about $50,000 worth of baby formula, say police.

Police are recommending charges that include possession of stolen property over $5000, trafficking in property obtained by crime, and counselling to commit an indictable offence.

The suspect was released from custody pending further investigation and the approval of criminal charges.

Police are also  expected to recommend further charges against two additional suspects.

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