3 charged in baby formula theft

Christopher Dornblaser

Three Baltimore residents are accused of stealing more than $300 worth of baby formula from a York County CVS as part of a suspected organized team that stole thousands of dollars worth of the product..

Andrea Denise Gilmore, 28, Dremus Hall, 22, and Dawan Payton, 31, are charged with corrupt organizations, criminal conspiracy to commit retail theft, retail theft, and receiving stolen property, according to charging documents.

On Nov. 4, 2014, at around 2 p.m., Northern York County Regional Police responded to a report of theft at the CVS at 1700 N. George St. in Manchester Township. The manager said three people working as a team stole $338.46 worth of baby formula from the store using bags they brought in to conceal the baby formula, the documents state.

After viewing the surveillance footage, police were able to arrest Hall and Payton. Gilmore wasn't identified and arrested until Jan. 15, police said.

Organized: Northern Regional investigators found other police departments in the area that had contact with Hall and Payton over similar allegations, documents state. They claim agencies in Cumberland and York counties, as well as Maryland and Virginia, all have dealt with the pair and other suspected members of an organized team that committed thousands of dollars in theft.

Northern York County Regional Police could not be reached for comment about the organized team Friday afternoon.

Baby formula thefts: Baby formula, while not commonly associated with theft, is actually a highly sought after item. In November, a Baltimore trio were charged with stealing over $900 worth of baby formula in Hanover.

Northern York County Regional Police say a trio from Baltimore stole over $300 in baby formula from a Manchester Township CVS in November 2014.

Police: Trio stole $900 of baby formula in Hanover

In December, police in Logan, Utah, confiscated 422 cans of stolen formula worth $8,000 to $10,000. in 2009, Florida authorities arrested 21 people accused of being part of an elaborate theft ring, officials say pilfered $2 million in formula.

Baby formula, a very widely used product, can cost a lot, with small cans starting at $20, while special blends may cost two to three times that. The high price and demand make it appealing to thieves, who sell the formula at flea markets or on sites like craigslist and eBay.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com

— The Associated Press contributed to this report