Diaper Thieves Pose as Moms & Commit Crimes Right Under Store Clerks' Noses


If you're a thief looking to make a quick buck, pretending to be a harried mom buying diapers and detergent in bulk apparently pays off. Seriously. You see, a group of robbers made off like bandits with shopping carts teeming with Huggies and Tide, over and over, and nobody gave them a second glance.

The scheme involved two women who strolled into a local grocery store, filled up shopping carts with Tide laundry detergent and Huggies diapers, and then simply pushed the carts out the front door. They were caught on the security cameras, and eventually by police, but they were able to rob a supermarket and a Walmart five times in two weeks! Five times!

Nobody has that many kids. But it looks like immitating busy moms is the perfect cover for petty criminals. 

Times are tough, so I suppose it shouldn't be too surprising that women would pretend to be shopping moms -- even though there were no kids in sight. And it's a good thing there weren't. One of the women allegedly told police she had a $300-a-day drug habit, being funded by her diaper crimes.

What even crazier is that they got away with it so many times. And with giant packages of giant things! The sheer audacity is amazing. They just waltz through the doors with carts laden with the stuff real moms buy.

The cops who busted the diaper crime ring told shops to be more vigilant, but are store clerks really going to harass women who look like harried moms stocking up on diapers and enough detergent to do laundry for a small army? I would bet the answer to that is no. 

What do you think about crooks who pose as moms to get away with their crimes?


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navyw... navywife0204

dumbasses.... thanks to people like that, we now have to pay higher prices on stuff that is already expensive.

zombi... zombiemommy916

Ok, this may be a stupid question...but who was buying butt loads of diapers and detergent like that? I mean, if they did it five times and had an insane drug habit like that, then obviously they already had buyers lined up...it's not like they were pawning diapers and detergent...bizarre

Rhond... RhondaVeggie

Detergent theft is pretty common, it's easy to shift. If a bottle retails for $15 you can easily find a buyers willing to pay $10-12 for it. Diapers too but the market is more limited since you can obviously only sell to people with babies.

zombi... zombiemommy916

Wow...I had no idea...and unfortunately, I know some pretty sketchy people...

nonmember avatar lilijane

I think Wal-Mart has a policy against hiring anyone with a triple-digit I.Q., so it's not really that hard to believe...

Robin Hartman

this is not new. i used to work at safeway. some people put diapers around the edge of the cart and put expensive things like medicine and razors in the middle.

Histo... HistoryMamaX3

I'd believe it- most often the door checkers (which I haven't seen much of lately, to be honest) do not usually stop me unless I only have a couple of items and no kids! You could probably get away with quite a bit more if you planned it to look more naturally... not that I want to give anyone ideas! But I think moms get a lot of passes...

I made note of a similar issue to a friend of mine not too long ago- I'm never carded when I have kids with me! No kids- always carded. haha

Vegeta Vegeta

Lilijane your comment sucks. A lot of my friends work at Walmart and have college degrees and own houses.

Around back to school time I see people loading up mini fridges with expensive stuff like cosmetics and razor blades, then only paying for the fridge. I bought a bike once at a Walmart and got stopped at the door cause 3 greeters needed to check my receipt. When a man and his family walked by with a mini fridge I had seen him load with stuff walked by and I asked a greeter why they didn't check his receipt or fridge? The man freaked out and called me racist and quickly left the building. Oh well. Wal-Mart's loss not mine.

kelti... kelticmom

Lilijane what a nasty and untrue thing to say. My best friend is an Asset Protection officer at Target, and she said that most of the time these theft rings will work as a group. A few will distract the greeter with questions or make a scene, letting the one with the cart get out the door. She was also Loss Prevention for JC Penney for ten years, and she said people would steal or collect shopping bags and then stuff them with merchandise and walk right out of the store, looking like they had purchased it. It's amazing how creative shoplifters are. Now why can't they apply that same creativeness and effort to something productive?

Albond86 Albond86

Walmart has a policy to not chase after shop lifters... So yeah they can just walk out of the store with carts full of stuff and if the cops don't catch up with them before they leave well yeah they get away... I betcha they were selling this stuff on Craigslist! So people would have no idea they were buying stolen product!

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