JONESBORO, Ark. – The Jonesboro Police Department reportedly busted a baby formula theft ring Wednesday, recovering over $13,000 worth of stolen goods and arresting three suspects from out-of-state.
The incident began with a shoplifting call at around 3 PM on August 2 at the Walmart Neighborhood Market on 2811 Creek Drive in Jonesboro. Officers Bruce Wright and Mike Hart were dispatched to the scene. Upon arrival, they saw the suspect vehicle leaving the parking lot.
The officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop on Red Wolf, but the vehicle initially failed to pull over. After passing Highland and activating their sirens, the suspects eventually pulled into a bank parking lot.
The inventory of stolen property listed in the police report includes an astonishing number of baby formula cans – about 430 cans according to a social media post from JPD earlier this week. This amounts to a total value of over $13,000. Police also recovered extra bags used to transport the formula and receipts that indicated the out-of-state travels of the suspects.
Mariana Lopez, 35, and Olivia Sanchez, 30, both from Dallas, Texas; and Aldo Sanchez, 23, from Minneapolis, Minnesota, were all arrested in connection with the theft ring. The trio are facing charges of theft by receiving, amounting to over $5,000, and engaging in a criminal enterprise, both of which are felonies. They also face misdemeanor theft charges.