Man in Cowboys hat steals baby formula from Target stores

BENSALEM, Pa. (WPVI) -- The search is on for a man police say has been stealing large amounts of baby formula.

Police in both Bucks and Montgomery counties say the thief struck in the last few days.

He hit a Target store on Rockhill Drive in Bensalem on Sunday just after 1:30 p.m.

"Took about 12 cans of Similac off a shelf which had a value of about $200, which is about $16 to $17 dollars a can," Bensalem Public Safety Director Fred Harran said.

The very next day, he struck at a Target store in the 200 block of Mill Road in the Oaks section of Upper Providence.

He got into a scuffle with a loss prevention worker before making off with $111 worth of Similac.

In the grand scheme of things, it may not sound like the greatest crime: a man stealing baby formula from area stores. But police say, there's more to the story.

"If you know this guy, just don't think it's some innocent guy stealing baby formula for his baby. That's not what's happening here, folks," Harran said.

While it's true the thief could just be out to resell the formula out on the streets, that seems highly unlikely.

"We're finding out now that they're using the Similac, it's a safe item to cut drugs with. They're cutting coke primarily. We haven't seen it with heroin, but you can cut coke, you can probably cut meth with it," Harran said.

Surveillance cameras captured pictures of the man being sought. He is seen wearing a Dallas Cowboys hat in both incidents.

One camera even captured a shot of the red Ford Ranger pickup that he fled in.

Some might be incline to feel sorry for the man if he was taking Similac to feed his kid, but police don't feel that's the case.

"He's not taking it for his own kid, and we got to remember that. We got to take him off the streets. He's aiding the drug problem that is out of control in the Delaware Valley," Harran said.

Anyone with information should contact Bensalem police.
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