|Updated: 3/14/2012 9:18 am
||Published: 3/13/2012 9:44 pm
The American Cleaning Institute says it is a reflection of current economic times, and police say it’s something they’ve seen in Tulsa: Tide detergent getting shoplifted in large quantities.
“It’s a good brand. It's a name brand. It's a well known brand, so I think that has a lot to do with it,” TPD Sergeant Eric Nelson said.
Sometimes being the best stain fighter can be what soils your good name.
“It is becoming a huge problem across the nation, on Tide specifically,” Nelson said.
In Tulsa, Tide is no longer safe on the shelves. Police say they staked out a Tulsa woman stealing dozens of bottles of Tide from Reasor’s, Walmarts, and Targets in Broken Arrow and Tulsa. The woman, Staci Griffen, was able to walk out with $1,500 worth of Tide.
Griffen is behind bars after Sergeant Eric Nelson's retail theft unit nabbed her. In Minnesota, a man tried to get away with a crate of Tide, but he was caught in the local police department’s undertow.
Nelson says for shoplifters, not every detergent will do, “the only thing I've seen is Tide.”
Thieves have devised a plan to get the Tide from the store.
“They literally are taking (Tide) bottles off the shelves, and putting them into carts loading up the carts, and walking out the front door.”
Those bottles wind up on the black market where that low priced big orange bottle is anything but clean.
“You see a bottle of Tide for $12 or $13, which is what I've been told they're being sold for at flea markets, and it's not really going to raise that red flag that this might be stolen,” Nelson said.
Proctor and Gamble, the company that makes Tide, says it has no idea why people are suddenly stealing Tide. They added, “It’s unfortunate.”