Police: Crooks make big money selling stolen laundry detergent

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FT. LUPTON, Colo. -- Ft. Lupton Police say Erik Gonzales made several stops to the local Safeway store with one item on his list: Tide laundry detergent.

Investigators say he made off with thousands of dollars worth of the product before being caught. “He was just loading up the containers and walking right out the door,” says Ft. Lupton Police Chief Ken Poncelow.

Authorities say the crooks will then turnaround and sell the detergent and other products like Oil of Olay and Bedhead hair products on the black market.

They then use that profit to, perhaps, buy drugs according to police.

State Senator Linda Newell, District 26, is supporting HB 1304, which broadens law enforcement’s scope to crack down on the crime. “It doesn’t add penalties to the crime, but it does add the types of crime for the prosecutors to use,” says Newell.

As for Gonzales, he’s been caught.  Police fear other would-be crooks are not far behind.

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