Couple Steals $5 MILLION In Groceries!

View Comments

safeway Couple Steals $5 MILLION In Groceries!

I’ve walked the aisles of Safeway many times.  While I haven’t actually done the math, I find it hard to believe that it’s even POSSIBLE to steal $5 million in groceries from the store.  A couple from Portland, OR actually found a way to do it!

(Courtesy of Nick CarboneTime)

Safeway claims one sticky-fingered Oregon duo lifted everything from shampoo to DVDs over a span of many years.

But finally their run of ransacking has come to an end. Richard Lavern Remington and Angela Rose Evans were arrested two weeks ago for a string of petty thefts at Portland, Ore. supermarkets that added up to one hefty haul.

The couple faced charges last week to accusations that they stole $5 million worth of merchandise from Safeway grocery stores. How could they possibly swipe so many goods while evading capture? After all, Safeway is a national chain with antitheft measures in place, including a loss prevention team. But Remington and Evans apparently slid under the radar with their low-level crime.

After her arrest, Evans told police they stole mostly small-ticket items, like shampoo, razors and Rogaine, Portland TV station KGW News reports. The couple also focused on DVDs and batteries – items that are small but quite costly. Were the thefts just random and spontaneous? No way, police say. In fact, they allegedly used a shopping list just like average shoppers.

Catching on to the act, Safeway started tracking Remington and Evans in November by installing a tracking device on the couple’s van.  Whenever the van popped up at a Safeway, the loss prevention team would monitor the couple. And their haul was staggering: in less than two months that they were under surveillance, the couple made 103 thefts that were captured on camera – meaning they hit multiple stores a day.

Safeway security officer Trent Drucker estimates that they stole $400,000 a year in merchandise over a span of several years, with an overall take of $5 million. While this sum could certainly be inflated by Safeway, the sheer number of thefts in such a short span shows the couple certainly could have been pros at this.

It’s unclear what their motives were – who needs that much Rogaine, especially when neither person is bald? – but Remington and Evans are in jail now, awaiting trial. NewsFeed has a feeling they won’t be able to steal the key to their cell door.

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 450 other followers