Local Shoplifting Ring Results in Sale of Unsafe Baby Formula


FORSYTH COUNTY – Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) Investigators have identified an organized ring responsible for shoplifting and reselling baby formula – that may be unsafe for babies due to how it was stored after being stolen.

On Wednesday, July 22nd, Investigators conducted an operation aimed at a string of baby formula thefts throughout Forsyth County. This came as the result of multiple large retail chains, including CVS, Food Lion, Lowes Foods, Target, and Walmart reporting large quantities of baby formula stolen from their businesses. Wednesday’s operation identified multiple subjects of interest and, more importantly, how the stolen baby formula was being stored and where it was being sold.

The owner of El Rincon Latino, located at 540 Akron Drive, Winston-Salem, was purchasing and re-selling the stolen formula. Due to the various ways in which the stolen formula was being stored before being sold at El Rincon Latino, the baby formula may not be safe to feed to babies.

FCSO contacted Gerber who advised “storage for more than a couple hours in temperatures that exceed 90 degrees will cause a break-down in the vitamins and minerals within the formula. The formula may appear to be fine, but the babies will not be able to receive the necessary nutrients from the formula.” In light of this information, we strongly encourage parents NOT to feed their babies formula purchased at El Rincon Latino.

Multiple subjects of interest have been identified. The investigation is ongoing and charges are forthcoming. Anyone with information related to this investigation should call the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office at (336) 727-2112 or may contact Crimestoppers anonymously at (336) 727-2800 for English or (336) 728-3904 for Spanish.