Tide thefts: Crime wave or grime wave?

2:37 PM, Mar 13, 2012   |    comments
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(NBC) -- Tide has been on store shelves for 60 years, and is one of the most popular laundry detergents on the market.

Now people are out to steal it.

The orange bottle is becoming liquid gold to criminals.

One suspect in a Maryland supermarket theft recently loaded his cart with 15 to 20 bottles of Tide and took off out of the store to an awaiting get away car

40 minutes later his accomplice is seen on security tape selling the load to a nail salon.

Why Tide?

It?s popular and can be pricey, and it's not just soap they're stealing.

In California, grocery chains like Ralphs are aware of organized retail crime.

"These thieves target many different products like Tide, Red Bull, or shampoo," said Kendra M. Doyel with Ralphs Grocery Company. "We continue to take measures to fight these crimes so we have the products our customers need in stock."

With this rising crime wave, even national retailers like CVS are considering special security measures to keep Tide tied down.


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