Police break up baby formula theft ring

Police break up baby formula theft ring
Jake Thompson and Frances Davenport.

Beaverton police, working with investigators from Safeway and Albertsons and other law enforcement agencies, have broken up a retail theft ring believed responsible for more than 100 thefts of baby formula, according to police and law enforcement officials.

The total value of the stolen formula is greater than $16,000.

The thefts from the stores occurred between November 2012 and February 2013 in Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington and Marion counties. The thieves also hit stores in the state of Washington.

Beaverton police became involved after attending a meeting of loss prevention specialists for the store who had many of the thefts on surveillance tape.

That allowed them to obtain a search warrant for the home of Frances Davenport and her boyfriend Jake Thompson of Woodburn in March.

The two were indicted by a grand jury in Washington County on charges including first and second degree theft as well as organized retail theft.

While Davenport appeared in court and pleaded not guilty, Thompson is still in jail on a separate theft charge in Clackamas County and has not yet appeared in court on the new indictment.