AUBURN (CBS13) – Three people from the Bay Area are under arrest after they were caught stealing a large amount of baby formula from an Auburn store Wednesday.

According to the Placer County Sheriff’s Office, two men and two women were reportedly seen at the Highway 49 Bel Air a little before 7 p.m. stuffing cans of baby formula into their duffel bags.  A store employee reportedly tried to confront the suspects, but this caused the four to scatter.

One man reportedly ran out the front doors with his bag of stolen goods. The other three reportedly threw their duffel bags down and took off to a blue car outside.

Store employees chased after the first man, but broke off after he crossed the highway. He also dropped his bag full of stolen baby formula during the chase.

Deputies soon swarmed the area and spotted the blue car just across the street along Kemper Road. All three people inside the car then bolted, but the two women – 18-year-old Hayward resident Mariah Monique Brown and 20-year-old Oakland resident Torryiel Gayla Griggs – were quickly caught.

The third suspect – 24-year-old Haywayd resident Damon Yon Marcus Nash – was caught two hours later after he was spotted walking along Highway 49 near Live Oak Lane.

Inside the car – which was found to be a rental – deputies found 160 allegedly stolen items. Most of the items were baby formula, deputies say, but other items – like Prilosec medication, Sensodyne toothpaste and large bottles of tequila – were also found inside.

The items were apparently stolen from stores from Reno to the Bay Area and are worth about $6,000 in total

Brown, Griggs and Nash have been booked at Placer County Jail on burglary and conspiracy charges.

The fourth suspect has not been found.


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