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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - St. Louis Police in South city are trying to clean up multiple cases of shoplifting at Family Dollar stores.  The product:  laundry detergent.

South Patrol Commander Major Rochelle Jones said the suspects work in groups and often act as if they were shopping.  “They’ll take a shopping cart, put a trash can in it and fill it up with cartons of laundry detergent.”  The thieves refuse to pay for the merchandise and just rush out of the store .

Many of the products sell for as much as 15 to 16 dollars a bottle in the store. Major Jones suspects it is easy to sell the detergent on the street for some quick cash.

The Family Dollar stores do not hire security guards, but their surveillance camera systems produce good photographs.  Friday police released pictures of three suspects wanted for stealing from the store at 4645 Gravois on February 4.  Two black men ages 23 to 24 and a black woman in her early twenties left the store with stolen detergent in a green GMC Jimmy.

Police want anyone who recognizes the individuals or who has seen people selling laundry detergent on the street or at flea markets to report the information to Crimestoppers at 866-371-TIPS.

In the past year, police said there have been 40 cases of similar shoplifting at Family Dollar stores in south St. Louis City.