Theft of baby formula in Geelong is “absolutely rife,” a court has heard
Sourcing baby formula from pharmacies and selling it on to the Chinese market is increasingly a way for many to make a tidy profit.
But a Geelong man allegedly sold stolen formula for only $25 in an effort to raise money to buy drugs, reports the Herald Sun.
Norlane man Gregory Smith was granted bail at the Geelong Magistrates Court after he allegedly went to a central Geelong pharmacy last month and took the formula.
The court heard that Mr Smith took seven tins of formula and hid them in a cooler bag, but when asked about it by pharmacy staff, put four of the tins back.
However he then allegedly left the pharmacy with the other three tins, without paying for them.
The court heard that he then sold them for $25.
According to police, Mr Smith has a history of similar thefts from other shops including liquor outlets.
At the time of the infant formula theft, he had been recently bailed on “assault-related charges”. He was told that if he offended again while on bail he would be taken into custody until his next court appearance, scheduled for July 19.
According to police prosecutor Senior Constable Kylie Jane, “the theft of baby formula is absolutely rife in this community”.
Police are being notified daily about such thefts, she said.