Police Searching for Suspect in Oil of Olay Thefts

Man has stolen $40,000 worth of skincare products from grocery stores

By Ellen Goldberg
|  Tuesday, Jun 26, 2012  |  Updated 11:58 PM CDT
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Police estimate the man has stolen $40,000 worth of Oil of Olay skincare products from more than 30 Tom Thumb stores.

Ellen Goldberg, NBC 5 News

Police estimate the man has stolen $40,000 worth of Oil of Olay skincare products from more than 30 Tom Thumb stores.

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Police are stepping up their search for the man they have dubbed the "Oil of Olay bandit."

Investigators said Efrain Hardman, 27, has pocketed tens of thousands of dollars of Oil of Olay skincare product from Tom Thumb stores.

"It's estimated that he has stolen $40,000 worth of product since he started this theft ring," Coppell police Sgt. David Moore said.

Investigators in Coppell have identified the thief as Hardman. His last known addresses were in Mesquite and Irving, but police have not been able locate him.

Investigators suspect Hardman has hit 34 Tom Thumb stores from Mesquite to McKinney dating back to December 2011.

According to store surveillance video, he parks close to the door and usually has an accomplice who waits in the car. Police said he walks in the store, fills a handcart with Oil of Olay products and walks out to the waiting getaway car.

The most recent case occurred Sunday at the Tom Thumb at MacArthur Boulevard and Belt Line Road in Coppell. Detectives said Hardman pilfered nearly a $1,000 worth of product.

Morre said Hardman likely steals Oil of Olay products because they are not cheap and reselling them would bring him "quite a bit of money."

Police say Hardman is costing Tom Thumb and, likely its customers, quite a bit of money.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Coppell Police Department at 972-304-3600 or anonymously submit a tip on the department's Facebook page.

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