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Beauty supply bandits target grocery stores in Berks County

By Dwayne Parker, Reporter, DParker@wfmz.com
Published On: Apr 18 2014 04:32:45 PM CDT
Updated On: Apr 18 2014 10:29:36 PM CDT

Thousands of dollars worth of health and beauty supplies have been stolen from grocery stores in Berks County.

CUMRU TWP., Pa. -

Thieves stole thousands of dollars in health and beauty products by stuffing them down their pants, police said.

At Giant supermarket in the 600 block of Lancaster Avenue in Cumru Township, two black males stole $400 in health and beauty products, police said.

The theft happened Sunday, around 7:00 p.m., and once inside the store, the culprits walked up and down the aisles taking items off the shelves and placing them down the front of their pants, police said.

"We're looking at some Rogaine, Crest White Strips, Gillette razors, things of that nature," said Tpr. Ethan Brownback, Pennsylvania State Police.

Those same men also targeted a Giant supermarket and a Weis supermarket in Maxatawny Township, allegedly stealing more than $3,000 in health and beauty products, investigators said.

Demand on the black market is rising, and police say that could be motivating these thefts.

"These beauty products seem to go, especially like the Crest White Strips, they seem to be able to sell them on the street for a pretty high price for some reason. But we're definitely looking for these guys," said Tpr. Brownback.

It's believed the men fled in a Black Dodge Charger with North Carolina license plates, and a woman possibly at the wheel.

They say if you see these people, use caution. Police say they could be armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information about the thefts is urged to call Crime Alert: Berks County at 877-373-9913.

If your tip leads to an arrest, you could get a cash reward of up to five thousand dollars.