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Tide Detergent Theft Is On The Rise, Possible Drug Currency

Tide Detergent TheftYou’re scratching your head and wondering, “Is Tide Theft really a problem or is someone just be sensational with the news?” We thought the same thing but the truth is there are confirmed cases of large quantities of Tide Detergent being stolen right out of stores.

Kare 11 news in Minneapolis and St. Paul Minnesota reported today about a major Tide detergent theft that happened in Hastings, Minnesota. The report says that a man named Patrick P. Costanzo was caught stealing over $6,300 worth of Tide washing machine powder.

You can see the surveillance image that was provided by West St. Paul Police above of Mr. Costanzo pushing a cart stacked with Tide Detergent and some cases of Pepsi in the cart. This wasn’t the only time the Tide stealing happened by Mr. Costanzo. It’s reported that Mr. Costanzo actually went to the Wal-Mart store 28 times in 2012 and stole lots of Tide and other products.

It might be that in this town Patrick Costanzo wasn’t the only person stealing all this Tide after inventory records show there is over $25,000 in Tide stolen from inventory. The problem isn’t just at this store, police have been reporting Tide stolen across the entire United States.

Other reports of attempted drug busts hint that Tide is being used as a drug currency or a valuable store of money. According to 39 Online in Houston Detective Larry Patterson of Somerset, Kentucky’s Police Department has a theory. “There’s no serial numbers and it’s impossible to track,” said Detective Larry Patterson of the Somerset, Ky., Police Department, where authorities have seen a huge spike in Tide theft. “It’s the item to steal.” The product is name brand and holds it’s value on the black market at $5 to $10 a bottle.

If you’re curious what people look like that steal Tide, have a look at Patrick Costanzo’s police mugshot after he was taken to jail for stealing Tide. If you’re not surprised, neither are we. This man certainly looks like he would be involved in a Tide theft ring.

Tide Theft Mugshot

There is a video that we found to be most likely a spoof. This person on YouTube claims to know how to turn Tide into drugs. That’s right, his secret formula is taking some tide, adding some bleach, adding Coca-Cola and there you have it, homemade drugs. Don’t worry, this video was made for fun and we can assure you that you can’t turn Tide Detergent into drugs.

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  1. [...] joke. That mugshot back at the top of this entry? That’s Patrick Costanzo who was busted for stealing $6,300 worth of Tide powder (video at the link). He’s no first timer either. Police say Patrick hit the same Walmart some [...]

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