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$4 EBT Purchase Leads to Alleged Baby Formula Thiefs

A couple that say they are homeless are facing charges that they stole $100s worth of baby formula from two Danvers businesses.

A $4 purchase of Gatorade and Powerade with an EBT card at Walmart helped lead police to a couple that had allegedly stolen about $1,000 worth of baby formula from two stores.

The couple, Timothy, 24, and Katherine Bennett, 28, list a Wakefield address but told police they were homeless.

Katherine Bennett has been charged with larceny over $250 and shoplifting while Timothy Bennett has been charged with two counts of both larceny over $250 and shoplifting. They were both arrested at Motel 6 on Route 1 earlier this week, where police had received information the pair was located. They were arraigned in Salem District Court and both were released on personal recognizance and scheduled to return for a pretrial hearing on March 11.

Timothy Bassett was released even though he is on probation as has allegedly not shown up to prior hearings on separate cases in Somerville District Court.

The couple first came to the attention of Danvers police on Dec. 23 when Timothy Bennett allegedly walked out of Walmart with $123 worth of Enfamil that he had concealed in his coat.

Then again on Jan. 19 he returned to the store as store security watched him allegedly take empty Walmart bags from his coat and fill them with 35 cans of Enfamil worth $541 and walk out of the store.

On Jan. 22, the couple allegedly stole four cans of formula from CVS on Maple Street.

But police said their break in the ongoing thefts came a day later when the couple came to Walmart together, and Timothy Bennett allegedly walked out with $278.64 worth of formula while Katherine Bennett used an EBT card to buy Gatorade and Powerade for about $4.

Danvers Police detectives then went to the state Department of Transitional Assistance, which administers the EBT – or Electronic Balance Transfer – program and obtained the name of the person who owned the card. That’s when police obtained a warrant for the arrest of the couple. The total value of the formula that was allegedly stolen totals at least $940.

It was not clear from police and court records whether the couple has any children or what they planned to do with the formula.

Debbie February 02, 2013 at 02:22 PM
Please find out if there is an innocent & hungery baby involved .....there are at least 100 non-profit agencies on the North Shore that would be willing to help this couple. Babies do not have political views !
Sean Ward February 02, 2013 at 03:20 PM
This is simply what people are being taught now. You don't need to be a contributor to society anymore. Do nothing. Take what you want from others. We'll just write you a check to make sure you never have to deal with any real responsibility.
Teresa Mscisz February 02, 2013 at 11:59 PM
Please find out if there is an infant
Suzy February 03, 2013 at 07:42 PM
I'm just guessing, but since the criminal couple used their welfare card for baby formula, it may be safe to say there's a baby/infant involved here - or somewhere.
Paul Ryan February 10, 2013 at 06:37 AM
It's gone from milk and cheese when you want to bum off taxpayers to Gatorade cigarettes and lottery tickets.what a joke this state has become.and living in a new condo and seeing the scams these ppl do daily is amazing while paying $200 a month partying all nite and sleeping all day while I pay $1300 .if lawmakers had to live with them the laws would change instantly

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