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2 arrested in Scottsdale-area baby formula thefts

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- A man and woman have been arrested for a series of shoplifting incidents involving baby formula at Scottsdale-area grocery stores since May.

Scottsdale police said 25-year-old Jose Gonzalez and an unidentified 26-year-old woman are accused in connection with 22 instances where baby formula was stolen from stores and then sold for a profit online.

Police said the suspects shoplifted from Albertsons, Fry's, and Safeway grocery stores from May 9 to Nov. 6.

They allegedly admitted to using the proceeds of their illegal sales to support $100-per-day drug habits.

Gonzalez and the woman were arrested on outstanding warrants Dec. 4 after being pulled over on a suspicion of a speeding violation in Scottsdale.

Police said the two later admitted the robberies were their main source of income.

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