Three people have been arrested for allegedly stealing large quantities of household goods from a Puyallup grocery store and re-selling the merchandise to smaller stores in the greater Pierce County area, police said today.
Puyallup police Capt. Scott Engle said the thieves struck multiple times recently at the Safeway on South Meridian near the Puyallup fairgrounds.
They would enter the store late at night, cram a cart full of diapers and laundry detergents then roll the cart out the door when they thought the coast was clear, Engle said.
Police believe the trio sold the merchandise to “mom and pop” stores at discount prices. The owners of the smaller stores then would re-sell the merchandise, Engle said. Detectives are trying to determine whether a criminal case could be made against store owners for trafficking in stolen property, Engle said.
Police arrested two of the suspected thieves last week when they tried to steal from the Safeway again. One of the women told officers she used profits from the operation to support her drug habit, court records show.