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Police: Man Stole Baby Formula to Buy Heroin

A Paterson resident is facing theft and shoplifting charges for allegedly attempting to steal $180 worth of baby formula at Food Basics in Glen Rock.

A 36-year-old man is facing charges in Glen Rock for stealing baby formula to buy heroin, said Tuesday.

According to Cpt. Jonathan Miller, Paterson resident Jose Estrada entered Food Basics on Lincoln Avenue just past 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday, grabbed 12 bottles of Similac baby formula. The suspect reportedly fled the scene without the merchandise when confronted by store security.

Officer Lucas Doney tracked down a man fitting the suspect's description on Lincoln Avenue and arrested Estrada, Miller said.

Estrada told police he had planned on selling the baby formula – valued at $179.76 – in Paterson to later puchrase heroin, Miller said.

It's not uncommon to see thieves sell stolen baby formula to bodegas in Paterson to later purchase drugs, the captain remarked.

Estrada was charged with theft and shoplifting and released on his own recognizance. He faces an upcoming court date in Glen Rock on Sept. 4.

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Ridgewooder August 22, 2012 at 04:16 AM
Lock him up forever.
Paul August 22, 2012 at 06:08 PM
I thought this was about Paul Simmon, Is it just me or does he look like him? Wheres Garfunnkel? Robbing the liquior dept at Food Basics?

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