Police: SouthSide Man Stole 10 Jugs of Detergent

SouthSide man charged with wheeling 10 big bottles of Tide out of Giant Food in Bethlehem Township without paying.


Call it the case of giant-sized bottles of laundry detergent allegedly stolen from a Giant Food Store.

According to court records:

Victor Manuel Cintron-Nieves, who turned 28 on Thursday, wheeled a shopping cart out of the Bethlehem Township store at 2918 Easton Ave. Saturday afternoon without paying for the cart’s contents -- 10 giant-sized bottles of Tide, each containing 150 ounces. The detergent is valued at $179.90 ($17.99 per bottle).

A few blocks south in the area of Keystone Street and Ritter Avenue, township Patrolman Troy Abelovsky spotted Cintron-Nieves pulling the shopping cart with a “Giant Foods” emblem and filled with big bottles of Tide. That’s when the case unfolded.

Abelovsky told Cintron-Nieves it was a crime to remove a shopping cart from Giant property without permission. He asked Cintron-Nieves to produce a receipt. Cinton-Nieves said he threw it away.

Abelovsky asked another township officer to check the Giant to see if there had been a theft of laundry detergent. An assistant manager confirmed a large quantity of laundry detergent was missing from a store display. And all of the cashiers said no one had purchased a large quantity that day.

The other officer also saw security footage that showed Cintron-Nieves walking out of the store with a cart filled with laundry detergent.

After Cintron-Nieves was taken into custody, police found three pills of Suboxone, which can be used to treat opioid dependence, inside a small blue fanny pack the suspect had in the shopping cart.

Cintron-Nieves, of 716 E. Fifth St. on Bethlehem’s SouthSide, was charged with retail theft, possession of a controlled substance and illegal use of shopping carts. He was arraigned by on-duty District Judge Robert Hawke of Lehigh Township and committed to Northampton County Prison after failing to post $20,000 bail.


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