Police: Red Bull a hot black market item

WATERFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Waterford Police are seeking an energy drink thief.

Surveillance pictures show a man pushing a shopping cart into the Stop & Shop in Waterford where he allegedly stole cases of Red Bull. Another picture shows him leaving in what is believed to be an older model Toyota or Subaru station wagon.

Police say he ran out when confronted by management, but they say thieves often just walk out with the stolen items if they go unnoticed. The Red Bull cans, which sell for $2.49 at a nearby New London store, Honey Bee Farms, may be a hot item on the black market. Owner Tasneen Khan says, “Red Bull is expensive thing that’s why he brings it somewhere but we’re not doing anything in here.”

Khan says she is often approached by people trying to sell what may be stolen goods but she always refuses. “People try to do it but we never buy anything in here,” says Khan.

Waterford police say most items stolen in thefts like this are either sold to smaller stores or traded on the street for drugs. In larger, more organized retail thefts, the goods go to larger flea markets for sale.

Khan says retailers should refuse buying anything suspicious because they too may become a victim of these types of thefts someday. She says, “It’s very bad if people do it like this.”

The owner of a package store who did not want to be identified tells News 8 he got approached more often by people who were trying to sell stolen items when he worked in a restaurant.

If you recognize the man in the Stop & Shop surveillance, pictures give Waterford police a call at 860-442-9451.

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