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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Formula Stolen From Genesee Market

A can of baby formula was stolen Sunday morning at 8:16 am at Reed's Market in Genesee, PA by a suspect identified by police only as a black female.

Trooper Kyle Butler said the suspect was interviewed and returned the formula to the business owner. The owner, Donald Reed, declined to prosecute the suspect.

25 comments :

Anonymous said...


That's sad. I can understand why the cops were called but I hope she was able to get what she needed to feed the child .

Anonymous said...

What do you do if you can't feed your baby?? I would go this far. Prayers to the mother and her child. And kudos to the store owner for not kicking her while she was down. Every person has a story...this makes me sad :(

Anonymous said...

Yeah it is sad. She was probably denied assistance because she had a $40 bank account or something. These are the people you guys dont think about when you bitch about people recieving "help". I sure hope that baby got something to eat...Would be nice if they could work on the price of the stuff. I know me and my wife spend around $20-30 a can for formula. Usually twice a week

Anonymous said...

i know Mr.Reed if the lady would have asked i'm sure he would have helped her. sometimes just asking for help will get you a long way. i would like to see all stores start a fund that customers can donate too for people in need like this. oh and before you start typing, and bashing this , what would you do if your child needed help? think about it, a mother bear will do what ever she can to protect and care for her cub,,, well so do we, and if you never been in a tough spot, then think about helping those who need. and if you do bash this , i feel sorry for you.

Anonymous said...

Why was this even turned in? I would have tried to track this girl down to see if she needed more help for her baby. So glad they are not pressing charges. Makes me wonder what else is the baby or mommy going without? Sad!

Anonymous said...

so if they find this girl and post her name all you will get in touch with this young lady and help her out?

Anonymous said...

kudo's to that store owner. Very sad, but God bless this mother & her child.

Anonymous said...

I know DON if the lady would have talked to him he would have helped her, i'm sure. I think there should be a way customers could donate to the store to help people who need the help. how many times you hear of something like this. think about the mother bear she will do any thing to protect her cub.. well so does a mother.. so before you start typing and bashing this comment think about what you would do or have done for your child.. the next time i'm in Reeds i'm giong to give Don money to help start a fund for little ones who need help.. in this day in age too bad neighbors couldn't help their neighbor, 90% don't even knoww their neighbors or what is giong on in life....

Anonymous said...

There's no need to publicize the girls' name . Anybody whose compassion goes beyond their keyboard could probably help her out through Mr, Reed . I certtainly would if I had his contact information .

Anonymous said...

REEDS store is in Genesee, Pa so the next time you go to wlsv stop in. his gas is the same price as in coudy, he has a lunch counter, fresh meat, you might enjoy the small town , i do when ever i'm there.. if you need address just REEDS store Genesee Pa 16923 they'll get it thank you

Anonymous said...

I just phoned the store and spoke with an Employee as Mr. Reed was not there. I was directed to phone the State Police in Coudersport. I have extra formula at my home that my baby no longer drinks, he has finally moved onto milk. (PS im not a mother, im a father, and I too would steal for one of my kids if need be the case.)I want to help this woman out if i can.

Anonymous said...

I to was helped by the reeds! I was out of gas & 3 or 4 days before payday! I asked donnie to hold a check till payday & I need about 3 gallons per day! Another nice thing about buying local they know you! Thanks donnie

Anonymous said...

For the poster who asked "Why this was even turned in?" Maybe so it would be posted on here and this mother and child will be helped by the community when they read it. Looks to me like it worked. GOD works in mysterious ways. Bless all of you and Mr. Reed.

Anonymous said...

I hope someone can find her and give her guidance. WIC can provide formula and other things for her and baby. Some moms do not know about WIC.

God bless her and her baby. We are in tough times no matter if one works or not, it is nice to see thoughtful and caring citizens posting here!

We all need to do our part and do what we can to help one another!

Anonymous said...

You guys are missing the biggest point here. Shoplifting is illegal. How long do you think Mr. Reed will be able to stay in business if everyone thinks they can go there and "shop" for free. He probably only makes pennies on the dollar in profit. The girl should have spoken up, embarassing as it was to ask for help. Stealing is never okay. Call the assistance office- if they can't help you, call a local church. Many of them have food banks or other ways to help those in need. I DO like the idea of starting an emergency fund at local stores- but like everything else, people will hear about it and abuse it. Before you all start yelling at me, I do donate to food banks, and have payed for groceries for those in need, but never for anyone who would take without asking.

Smokin Joe said...

You know, I read these comments and I experience a mix of emotion. You people see a desperate mother stealing formula for her baby. I see a person who shouldn't have had children.

I am not without compassion and know that people fall on hard times. However, you look to and blame the government for this woman's plight. That's plain ridiculous.

I'm sure you'll throw a ton of scenarios at me. Maybe she was raped? Maybe she didn't grow up in an environment that taught her right from wrong? Maybe her "baby daddy" ran out on her?

On the other hand, maybe she is simply continuing to collect government assistance as her parents did?? Maybe she had money but spent it on drugs? Point is...why does someone resort to stealing?

Knocking on someone's door and asking for money or formula to feed a starving baby is a much more acceptable avenue. I know no one who would turn her away. In fact, this area is one of the best for helping people get on their feet.

If she had $40 dollars in her bank account...she should have used that to purchase the formula.

Every decent person would do what they needed to in order to feed, clothe, and shelter their children. However, at some point, people have to take responsibility for their actions and stop depending on the government.

So, patch up your bleeding heart and understand that we all have to pay our way. These types of people need to stop breeding if they can't pay for the outcome.

Lastly, there are a ton of couples who cannot have children and would give this child a chance. If this woman was as heroic as some of you portray her...maybe she ought to give it up for adoption.

Anonymous said...

so because it was for a baby out was okay? it's never okay.many people have been charged for stealing tho help their family.I know it's hard but in such a small town, if you ask you shall receive help.even if someone can't help they will find someone who can.Mr.reed it's a generous man and always it's willing to help.it's the ones who shall who ruin it for those who ask for help. I do believe the church may do some collecting if it was too be brought up.so when you go to service this Sunday, maybe being it up.it is what the community is for; to help each other out.paying that this young lady receives the help she needs from such a great community.

Anonymous said...

A lot of things come into play here. Yes, it is sad she had to resort to this, but if it is ok this time what about the next?

Does she have a job/money that she could have afforded this formula?

Does she do drugs/drink/smoke/etc that giving it up for a day or two she could have bought the formula?

We here do not know the girl or her financial status.

Anonymous said...

Why is it that everyone is presuming the worst of this woman? Try to look at it with a open mind. If it were you, or someone you know, would you be able to go to someone who let's say you did not know and ask for it? I am glad the woman only toke 1 can. If she were a true thief, I am sure she would of had more to steal than just the one can. It is hard to have to explain your situation over, and over again to everyone. It does tend to make you feel desperate. If her child needed formula, and she was going to take up stealing it, I am sure she could find other ways to get money, that would be worse. What if she resorted to what addict's do? The whole point of this is, who know's who is next? Sometime things happen that we can not control, and as much as we try, I am sure we all know it is very hard to get ahead. She might not even drive. No one even has noticed that it did say she gave the formula back. This means the child did not get it. I sure hope she found a way to get her child what it needed. Hopefully she did learn from it, but if she lives local, I am sure she will choice not to go there again. Lets all just learn from it, and hope we never find ourselves, family & friends in this kind of need. I also hope the officer involved gave her information on how to seek proper help.

Anonymous said...

Anyone ever think that maybe she was "too damn proud" to ask for help????? Believe it or not-that old fashioned sense of pride does still exist! I'm not saying that theft is OK, but I'm wondering if she chose theft over swallowing her pride...?

Anonymous said...

She stole baby formula. It doesn't specifically say she has a baby? Maybe she's just a clepto. Keep an open mind people...

Anonymous said...

Maybe she was afraid that if she said anything that CYS would be called. Maybe she was afraid of them taking her baby away from her.

Anonymous said...

She is a thief and should have been prosecuted! Bottom line, "Don't breed 'em if you can't feed 'em!"

Anonymous said...

I'm glad we live in such a compassionate community. It's nice to see so many people willing to give to a stranger in need. As others have said, Don Reed is one of the most caring individuals I know, and would've indeed helped out this woman if she needed it. But what is a business owner to do when someone takes steals from them? Of course he called it in! Who wouldn't? If not, then that might have led this lady down a slippery slope of thievery (instead of seeking help). Formula is the most expensive item on the shelves in there, I guarantee it; that's why some stores keep it locked up.
The government generously supplies funds - that come from our paychecks - for citizens in need. ie. WIC and Access (or programs alike if she resides in a different state). Between the two, there is absolutely no good reason to steal groceries - I have used these programs in the past when our family needed it. Some people get more than enough formula from WIC, then sell it to others making a profit (because it sometimes costs $30+ for one can). While it is a kind thought to assume this woman had $5 in the bank and couldn't afford food for her baby, the reality is that we have no idea what her life situation is like. Maybe that was the case, or maybe she stole it to afford something she wanted (that wasn't a nessessity). Stealing is stealing and shouldn't be tolerated.
Fundraisers for those in need is a great idea. It should be something every community does. But not just money - clothes, shoes, diapers, formula, toys, books, furniture..things that allow the fundraiser a lesser chance of abuse than cash. I do hope this woman and others get the help they need, if they and their families are going without.

Anonymous said...


Depending how you look at it the rampant speculation here is both hilarious and pathetic.