Caught on camera: Thieves steal more than 70 sticks of deodorant

8:34 AM, Jun 8, 2011   |    comments
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The two women, approximately 35 to 45 years old, one dressed in a hot pink top, the other in a brown T-shirt, committed a bold crime, right in the middle of Winn Dixie's aisle 11.

Fort Pierce police say they unloaded 75 sticks of Gilette men's and Secret women's deodorant into their purses.

"They just blatantly walk into this aisle and just empty a row of deodorant," Fort Pierce Police Detective David Cuti said. "I doubt 75 bars of deodorant were for personal use."

The store's surveillance video shows the women filling their purses with the items.

The women stop when a clerk walks down the aisle, then they head down another aisle before police say they came back for more.

"It's a little unusual that they were taking deodorant," Cuti said. "Sometimes they take higher priced items."

Cuti says the crime is not that uncommon and that often a few dishonest mom-and-pop stores are behind it.

"People would go out to some of these stores and take out some of these shelves and then go back to some of the smaller home-grown stores, the mom-and-pop stores, and sell them to them," he said. "They can make a 100 percent profit off of that. In recent cases we have had, the owner of the store actually solicited these people to get this merchandise."

The deodorant retails for about $5 each. That's about $375 worth of deodorant. It may seem like a relatively small crime, but police say, ultimately everyone else pays for it.

"It makes everybody's prices go up," Cuti said. "It's tough times right now. We don't need to make it any tougher."

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