Police: Florida couple made $90K from baby formula thefts

April 22, 2013 at 2:36 PM

PALM SPRINGS, Fla., April 22 (UPI) -- Police in Florida said a couple caught trying to steal $2,388 worth of baby formula from a Walmart made about $90,000 by selling formula from previous thefts.

Palm Springs police said Sonya Barbour, 32, and fiance Glenn Martin, 31, had their 9-month-old baby with them when they were arrested at 3:40 a.m. Thursday at a Walmart store in Palm Springs, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported Monday.

Investigators said Barbour and Martin were attempting to leave the store with $2,388 worth of baby formula concealed under a blanket in their shopping cart.

Both said they have pain-pill addictions, with Barbour spending about $90 per day on drugs and Martin spending up to $125 per day.

Martin told investigators he has been stealing baby formula for about six months and has netted about $90,000 from selling it, police said.

Barbour and Martin were both charged with fraud, shoplifting, organized dealing in stolen property and child neglect. Martin was held in lieu of $43,000 bond and Barbour's bond was set at $35,000.

Their baby was turned over to the Florida Department of Children and Families, police said.

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