Two men, one juvenile arrested in $26K baby formula theft ring

Bartow County (March 10, 2023) – On Thursday, March 9, 2023, the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office issued a BOLO on a vehicle involved in shoplifting of baby formula from area Publix Supermarkets.

Cartersville Police Officers located the vehicle at the Publix Supermarket, 300 Cherokee Place, and apprehended Regulo Sanchez-Romero, Mateo Sanchez-Romero, and a 16- year-old juvenile, as they exited the store in possession of 12 cans of stolen baby formula. A search of their vehicle resulted in the recovery of 662 cans of formula from various supermarkets stolen from Atlanta area stores valued at $26,000.

Both adults have been charged with Felony Theft by Shoplifting, Felony Theft by Receiving, and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor. Additionally, Regulo Sanchez-Romero was charged with Driving While Unlicensed, and Mateo Sanchez- Romero was charged with Providing a False name and Date of Birth. Both adults furnished Dallas, Texas, addresses and are housed at the Bartow County Jail. CPD Investigators are working with metro law enforcement agencies and vendors to determine the venue of unsolved thefts.

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