SUFFOLK COUNTY, N.Y. (WPIX) -- On the surface a mom stealing $1,400 worth of baby formula with her sons sounds like a terrible sign of the hard, economic times. But Suffolk County police say Kathy Elam, 54, along with her sons, Robert, 32, and Daniel, 29, were simply stealing the formula from local supermarkets in Suffolk County with plans to sell it in New York City.
Police say the scheme would involve running inside Long Island supermarkets and grabbing as many cans of baby formula as they could carry and then making a mad dash for a waiting getaway car.
After a two month period, surveillance video finally helped police nab the Long Island version of Bonnie and her two Clyde sons.
Kathy Elam and her son Robert of Centereach were charged with one count of petty larceny involving the Stop & Shop in Miller Place. Daniel Elam of Shirley was charged with five counts of petty larceny for the theft of a Stop & Shop in Centereach, two counts of petty larceny for doing the same at a Stop & Shop in Miller Place and one count of petty larceny for stealing formula from the King Kullen in Ronkonkoma.
Both men appeared for their arraignment at First District Court in Central Islip Monday, while mom was issued a field appearance ticket and is scheduled for arraignment April 7.