6 charged in formula shoplifting

Photo by Howard Reed

Photo by Howard Reed

COVINGTON -- Six Atlanta teens were allegedly doing a little Christmas shoplifting at Kroger in the early morning hours of Christmas Eve when Covington police found them with more than $1,000 worth of baby formula.

According to a Covington Police Department incident report, officers were advised that a group of young black females had been in the U.S. Highway 278 Kroger store twice and stolen a large quantity of canned infant formula. The employee who reported the crime said she believed they would come back and, sure enough, about 2:30 a.m. they were spotted again. Officers were told they had left Kroger in a tan SUV, headed west on U.S. 278.

Officers stopped the vehicle near Applebee's and an officer asked the driver to exit the vehicle.

"As (the officer) stood near the driver side door, he could see that the rear floorboard was full of cans that appeared to be infant formula. The right rear passenger appeared to be trying to conceal the cans under her feet," the report states.

The officer asked if they'd just come from Kroger and stated the driver became very defensive and denied it. He also asked if she had baby formula in the car and she denied that as well, according to the report.

The five female passengers were also asked to exit the vehicle and quit talking on their cell phones, one of whom refused to hang up her phone and became combative when an officer took her into custody.

A search of the vehicle determined that there were 54 cans of Similac Infant Formula at $14.99 each; 12 cans of Gerber Good Start Infant Formula at $12.49 each; and three large cans of Gerber Good Start Infant Formula at $23.49 each.

Upon her arrest, the driver of the vehicle admitted to being 14 and showing the officer someone else's driver's license. The other five females said they were 16, but it was later determined they had also given false names and ages. Three of the suspects were determined to be adults and three were juveniles.

Charged with theft by shoplifting, giving false names and contributing to the delinquency of minors were:

Quanteria Willis, 17; Aeisha S. Willis, 18; and Dominique Nicole Davis, 17. The other three females will face charges in Juvenile Court.