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Grocery Stores Work To Deter Baby Formula Thieves

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by Chris Conte

HERMITAGE, Tenn. - Hoping to deter would-be thieves, Kroger has started installing security cameras in the baby formula aisles of all their new and renovated stores.

"It can really affect our business. In the end it's the customer who will have to pay more and we want to keep prices low," explained Melissa Eads, a company spokesperson.

Over the years baby formula has become a hot item among desperate crooks who have gone so far as to shove the merchandise in their pants to avoid having to pay for it. 

The new cameras in Kroger have monitors in plain view, so customers can see they're being watched.

"When you're coming down one of these aisle you're gonna see yourself and you're gonna know, ‘uh oh' this aisle is definitely being monitored so we're hoping that will cause somebody to think twice before they make the decision to steal," Eads added.

Baby formula is an increasingly expensive item for new moms, but it's also a necessity meaning crooks can easily resell formula once they've stolen it.

Kroger Officials said they hope this new step will keep formula on their shelves.

"Anything we can do to prevent shoplifting we wanna do."

Officials said another high-price item that is being picked off the shelves by thieves is laundry detergent.



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