By CBSLA Staff

CAMARILLO (CBSLA) — A couple arrested for trying to walk out with baby formula hidden inside a baby stroller had 88 cans worth $1,700 in their car, according to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office.

(credit: Ventura County Sheriff’s Office)

Isaac Hernandez, 20, and Thalia Ruiz-Desoto, 22, both of Northridge, were arrested Nov. 3 after employees reported they had hidden a large quantity of baby formula inside a stroller and walked out of Target, 209 Ventura Blvd., without paying for it, sheriff’s officials said.

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Deputies stopped the couple before they could leave the parking lot and recovered about 88 cans of baby formula, worth about $1,700, according to authorities. Hernandez and Ruiz-Desoto were determined to have used a baby stroller as a decoy to hide the stolen formula, and sheriff’s officials say they were linked to committed similar thefts at stores in Westlake Village and Newbury Park.

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No actual child was ever involved, investigators said.

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Both Hernandez and Ruiz-Desoto face charges of organized retail theft, grand theft and conspiracy to commit a crime. They have since been freed on $20,000 bail and are scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 16.