Arvada couple charged for selling baby formula stolen from local grocery stores

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DENVER -- Denver police arrested two people accused of selling baby formula that was stolen from multiple grocery stores in the metro area.

Donald Dowling, 39, and Danielle Smith, 33, were charged with theft by receiving and manufacturing of marijuana concentrate, both felonies, Tuesday after being arrested May 27.

Albertson's and Safeway investigators noticed a group of pattern shoplifters who stole more than $60,000 in formula from Albertson's and Safeway stores in the metro area over a six-month period, including more than $40,000 in Denver.

The investigation found the formula was then sold to Dowling and Smith, who would sell some of it online. The grocery chain turned over its information to Denver police, who conducted surveillance and undercover buy operations.

On May 27, police executed a search warrant in the 9700 Block of West 70th Avenue in Arvada.

Officers recovered evidence related to the baby formula theft operation and a makeshift hash oil manufacturing lab, leading to the arrest of Dowling and Smith.