Tide 'liquid gold' for drug users supporting habit


Drug users are stealing just about anything to pay for their habit.

Bob Bowman, chief of police for Perry Twp. and security director at The Greene shopping center, said criminals are calling laundry detergent "liquid gold." Tide and like-items are being traded for heroin or cash.

Vacuum cleaners, electric toothbrushes, purses and energy drinks are also often stolen and sold on the street.

To combat the problem, local law enforcement officers have teamed up to form a new initiative called "Investigating Retail Organized Crime," or IROC. Bowman says criminals often work in groups and use tools to steal targeted items.

They will use altered shopping bags to defeat the security sensors, Bowman said.


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