Bulk Baby Formula Heist Foiled in Loudoun County

Incident happened in Sterling

Wednesday, Dec 7, 2011  |  Updated 10:25 AM EDT
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Bulk Baby Formula Heist Foiled

Suspect allegedly filled shopping cart with baby formula.

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A store employee stepped in to stop a huge baby formula heist in Loudoun County on Tuesday.

The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office says on December 6, a man was observed tottering out of the Town Center Plaza in Sterling with a heavily-loaded shopping cart.

The suspect, described as a 6-foot-tall black man with a thin mustache and wearing glasses, had 85 containers of boxed baby formula, according to police.

He was on his way to a Ford Expedition in the parking lot when a store employee stopped him.  The cart was left behind, but the suspect took off in the Ford, according to investigators.

The incident is reminiscent of a recent string of robberies In Maryland, where police have battled thieves stealing large quantities of laundry detergent.

The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office said a case in the Sterling theft is pending.

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