A woman shoplifted a total of 30 cans of baby formula on two occasions to sell for drug money, officials said.
Kristen Fiorot stole 10 cans of Gerber baby formula worth $152.20 at about 12:45 p.m. Monday and 20 cans of the formula worth $437.62 at about 5 p.m. March 14 from the Walmart at 3928 Nazareth Pike, Bethlehem Twp., Northampton Co., officials said.
Fiorot admitted to police when they found her with heroin and needles behind her home at 210 Front St., Hellertown, Northampton Co., about five hours later that she was an addict and had used the $80 she received for the stolen formula from a supermarket in the 1300 block of Pembroke Road in Bethlehem to buy heroin, officials said.
Police were told about Fiorot's shoplifting exploits by Walmart loss prevention officer Ashley Fox and by Darius J. McPherson, the man who ran out of the Walmart with Fiorot on Monday, officials said.
Fox told police she recognized Fiorot as the woman who stole baby formula from Walmart's twice before Monday's theft, officials said.
McPherson told police he had no idea Fiorot was going to steal the baby formula on Monday, after he was stopped at Detweiler and Wilson streets in Hellertown driving his girlfriend's blue Honda Civic, which he and Fiorot used to flee the Walmart, officials said.
McPherson said he screamed at Fiorot after the theft because he is a recovering addict on probation and didn't want to go to jail, adding that he was with Fiorot at the Walmart to help her lift heavy bags because she was pregnant, officials said.
McPherson also told police where they might find Fiorot, officials noted.
Fiorot, 28, was arraigned on two charges of retail theft and committed to the Northampton County Prison on $5,000 bail, according to court documents.
A preliminary hearing is set for 2 p.m. May 21.