Tampa Woman Charged In Statewide Baby Formula Thefts

posted by John Conrad - 

Lakeland, Fla. (970 WFLA)- The Polk County Sheriff's Office has added a new charge to 21-year-old Alexcia Calhoun's criminal activity list.  

The Tampa woman is now facing a grand theft charge for allegedly stealing dozens of cans of baby formula from a Lakeland grocery store. She's in the Hillsborough County Jail following a statewide investigation. This charge was added on Monday. 

According to the Polk Sheriff's Office, on April 17,  Calhoun and an unidentified woman walked inside the Harvey's Supermarket, on Highway 92 East in Lakeland, grabbed a cart and quickly made their way  to the baby aisle.   Calhoun put 46 cans of formula in a shopping cart and then headed for the door. 

The women forced the entrance doors to open and walked out with the stolen baby formula.   An employee  followed them to the parking lot, and asked if they planned on paying for the formula. They ignored the employee,  got into their vehicle and left, leaving 10 cans of Enfamil Gentlease Baby Formula 12.4 oz. in the shopping cart.  

Surveillance video from the theft in April,  and a picture on Calhoun's Instagram account led to her identification and connected her to the Lakeland baby formula thefts. Calhoun is also suspected of other baby formula thefts at other stores in other Florida jurisdictions.  

"Surveillance cameras and social media are great tools in helping us catch criminals. Folks, if you're going to steal, you're going to get caught. It's that simple, so don't do it." - Sheriff Grady Judd

Calhoun has an extensive criminal history, which includes grand theft and robbery. She is currently being housed in the Hillsborough County Jail and has additional holds from Manatee and Marion Counties related to baby formula thefts.

Detectives are still attempting to identify the second suspect. Anyone who has information regarding her identity is asked to call the Polk County Sheriff's Office at 863-298-6200. Or remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward by calling Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226 TIPS (8477).

Video, Photo Credit: Polk County Sheriff's Office


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