Sheriff: 3 of 4 suspects in baby formula thefts arrested in Auburn

Placer County sheriff's deputies busted what appears to be a series of thefts from grocery stores with the arrests of three of four suspects Wednesday night.

Two women and two men were seen filling duffel bags with baby formula at the Bel Air market on Highway 49 in north Auburn about 6:50 p.m., Dena Erwin with the Placer County Sheriff's Office said. Employees tried to stop the people but they fled. The two women and one man dumped formula in the store's aisle as they ran. The second man dumped the bag of formula when he ran across Highway 49.

Witnesses told responding deputies they saw the two women and one of the men get into a blue sedan behind a building on Kemper Street which is across highway Bel Air, Erwin said. Responding deputies detained the women there but the man with them ran in a different direction.

A ground and aerial search for the two men was unsuccessful. However, about two hours later, Erwin said one of the men, Damon Yon Marcus Nash, 24, of Hayward, was located walking along Highway 49 and arrested without incident.

In the suspects' car, deputies reported recovering 160 stolen items, Erwin said. Most of the items were large containers of baby formula but large quantities of Prilosec, Sensodyne toothpaste and large bottles of tequila were also found.

The baby formula was valued at $6,000, authorities said.

Erwin said the foursome are suspected of stealing the merchandise from several stores from the Bay Area to Reno. The second man has not been found.

Charday Mariah Monique Brown, 18, of Hayward, Torryiel Gayla Griggs, 20, of Oakland, and Nash were booked into Placer County Jail on suspicion of commercial burglary and conspiracy. Griggs is also wanted for burglary in Alameda County, Erwin said.


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