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Columbus Authorities Seek Suspected Baby Formula Thief

COLUMBUS (Ken Hines) -- City attorneys believe a man stole hundreds-of-dollars worth of baby formula to stretch a supply of illegal drugs.

Authorities are searching for Marc Wilson in connection with the theft of 20 cans of Similac baby formula on June 17, 2013.

Wilson, 47, was allegedly recorded by surveillance cameras stealing the formula -- which was covered by a stolen bed set -- from a Columbus Walmart.

City attorneys believe Wilson likely used the stolen Similac as a cutting agent for illegal drugs. Baby formula is often used to dilute cocaine, heroin, and other narcotics.

According to the National Retail Federation, baby formula joins cigarettes, liquor, and painkillers as some of the most shoplifted items in the United States, City Attorney Richard C. Pfeiffer, Jr. said.

Wilson has a lengthy criminal record, which includes charges of drug possession, robbery, and domestic violence.

While a hardened criminal stealing baby formula may sound funny, it is no laughing matter, Assistant City Prosecutor Bill R. Hedrick said.  There are societal costs associated with any drug-related activity and some consumer advocates also suggest that baby formulas popularity amongst thieves and shoplifters helps contribute to the relatively high cost to consumers.

Wilson is known to use the aliases Marc Williams, Sean Lee, and Mark Dennis Wilson. Anyone with information about his whereabouts is encouraged to contact Assistant Prosecutor Hedrick at 614-645-8874.
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