Mom says thieves created baby formula shortage

No Enfamil Enfacare formula at a Meijer store in Muskegon. (Nov. 5, 2014)


NORTON SHORES, Mich. (WOOD) — Police say they have identified the two women accused of stealing hundreds of dollars’ worth of baby formula from Muskegon-area stores.

Police release photo of suspects accused of stealing baby formula from retail stores in Muskegon area. (Courtesy Norton Shores Police Department/Nov. 4, 2014)
(Police release photo of suspects accused of stealing baby formula from retail stores in Muskegon area. Courtesy Norton Shores Police Department/Nov. 4, 2014)

The Norton Shores Police Department said the suspects stole more than $1,000 worth of baby formula. The two suspects were caught on surveillance camera leaving one of the stores.

Candice Kops, a mother of three, told 24 Hour News 8 she was personally impacted by the thefts.

“The past couple of weeks, I have had a problem with getting my girls specialty formula, the Enfamil Enfacare. I’ve had to search all over Muskegon County,” said Kops.

Kops has 7-month-old twin daughters who were born three months premature and need the specific formula to stay healthy.

“Because the girls were so small, they need the extra calories to boost their weights. And one was weighing one pound, 15 ounces when she was born and the other one was two pounds, five and a half ounces. That extra bit of calories means a lot to them because they were so little and they spent 64 and 68 days in the hospital,” Kops said.

According to Kops, stores receive a limited supply of the Enfamil Enfacare because it is expensive — it costs around $17 per can — and not a lot of people need it. Empty shelves at a Meijer store Wednesday afternoon helped prove that claim.

Kops said she went to the Meijer store in North Muskegon last week after being told over the phone that the store had the formula in stock, but was told something different when she arrived.

“The department girls that are in the specific baby department said,’ Yeah, it’s the formula that’s been stolen,” said Kops.

Officials at the Meijer location in North Muskegon told 24 Hour News 8 they are not able to discuss security issues.

Kops said she saw the surveillance photo of the two suspects on the WOOD TV8 Facebook page and was outraged.

“It’s upsetting because my husband works his butt off so he can provide for us, and I’m having a hard time providing for them. I feel like they took things out of my kids mouth,” Kops told 24 Hour News 8.

The Norton Shores Police Department said the stores that were robbed wish to remain unnamed at this time.

The case remains under investigation.

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