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35-year-old Shanta Griffin
40-year-old Vanessa Beaty
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. -
Clarksville police are searching for two women wanted for shoplifting baby formula from at least one area retailer.
According to investigators, Shanta Griffin, 35, and Vanessa Beaty, 40, were caught on surveillance video shoplifting $372 worth of baby formula from a Madison Street grocery store.
Jim Knoll, Public Information Officer for Clarksville police, told Nashville's News 2 the theft is part of a national trend that is making it's way to Middle Tennessee.
"You've got people that are stealing cans of baby formula that probably run from between $25 and $35 and then getting it fenced out somewhere," Knoll explained, "Someone's buying it, who is selling it to someone else, who in turn has a market for it and sells it."
Jessica, a mother of two girls under two years of age, didn't want Nashville's News 2 to use her last name.
She said she wouldn't buy formula from anywhere other than a reputable retailer.
"You don't know if it's expired or not. I'd rather buy mine at the store so I know where it came from," she said.
Griffin and Beatty are also "persons of interest" in thefts from other stores.
Griffin is wanted on forgery, felony and misdemeanor theft and identity theft charges.
Beaty is wanted for misdemeanor theft.
Anyone with information on their whereabouts is urged to call the Clarksville Police Department's tips line at 931-645-8477.