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California couple caught on video allegedly stealing $17K worth of merchandise from Target stores: police

A couple have been charged with theft after police say they took $17,000 worth of merchandise from a pair of Target stores in Orange County, California.

The Irvine Police Department said Analu Gonzalez, 25, and Alexis De Jesus Garcia, 22, were charged in connection with thefts at a Target in Costa Mesa on March 3 and then a Target in Irvine on April 2.

The police department also released security footage that appears to show the alleged thefts.

“Bowser and his partner in crime, Buzzy Beatle, collected baby formula from stores across Orange County like Mario and Luigi collect coins,” police wrote on social media, sharing the video.

During the theft in Irvine, the couple appeared to execute a similar strategy in nonchalantly rolling a cart to the baby formula aisle. They then began dumping products from the shelves into their cart.

The couple stole an estimated $3,000 worth of merchandise from Irvine, according to police.

Gonzalez and Garcia were arrested on Thursday for grand theft and organized retail theft, police said.

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