PD: Fry's shopping card links a suspect to 38 baby formula thefts

Posted at 12:08 PM, Aug 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-16 20:52:09-04

A Fry's grocery card links a man to 38 thefts of Similac Baby Formula, worth nearly $6,000.

Mesa police report that the Fry's theft investigators came to them with evidence showing that 20-year-old Freddie Dominic De La Rosa was involved in 38 incidents of retail theft. 

The investigators showed police surveillance video which reportedly shows De La Rosa placing baby formula canisters into a backpack and then leaving the store without paying for them.

De La Rosa allegedly would make small purchases when he was shoplifting the cans. During those purchases, he would use his Fry's card. Officials were able to link De La Rosa to the crimes by the use of his card. 

He was arrested by Mesa Police near University and Mesa drives on August 8.

De La Rosa reportedly told police that we would sell the baby formula using the Offer Up website to support his drug habit. Police say they found nine cans of stolen formula in his possession when he was arrested.

He has been charged with retail theft.