Tide Laundry Detergent Thefts on the Rise in Minnesota

Police warn of a new trend of stealing laundry detergent.
0:55 | 03/13/12

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-- when it's caught our eye rash of thefts in Minnesota of tide detergent thousand dollars worth ABC's rob Nelson has the story. It's being called a -- wave a rash of -- targeting tide laundry detergent like this one near Minneapolis were men stole more than 25000. Dollars worth of the product. It's like he put the pieces -- like tetris pieces -- maximize. The volume of that card there's no wasted space. Cameras called 53 year old Patrick stands -- loading up this -- -- gallons and gallons of time he did it more than twenty times over the course of fifteen months stealing what experts say has become. Kind of a liquid gold. I didn't know if he was getting a better sale price for people were asking for stands over -- load up his -- and push it right past workers it also take Paper -- soda even toilet Paper. But -- I hope for. His own sake he's not using now much to a -- -- -- case authorities finally put his so -- spree two and and but with a retail price from ten to twenty bucks this household laundry staple has become a kind of currency of the streets selling on the black market for half the price doesn't have a serial -- so it's virtually impossible to -- -- -- his highly recognizable. It's very difficult to Trace. In his easily resold. According to law enforcement officials to close cleaner has become part of the dirty drug trade the recent drug -- -- turned up more -- than cocaine in May be. More financially viable for the drug dealer to exchange. Tied for drugs and then resell the tide CBS stores that would tied on lockdown saying drug users have targeted tied. Much like flu medications. But until those. I don't really take effect guys he's bandits will continue to make a clean getaway -- Robin George Beck and you -- Here one day could. Yeah. -- little. Jackie Robinson at that.

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