Police departments across the country are reporting a surge in Tide thefts.Tide got an unexpected boost during the Daytona 500 when large boxes of it were used to clean up the jet fuel that was spilled on the track following the freak accident between Juan Pablo Montoya and a jet dryer truck that was cleaning up the track. No word on whether they had bought the tide on the black market.
They say there is a lucrative black market for the cleaning detergent.
With the retail price rising to as much as $20 a bottle, thieves are cashing in, stealing it, then selling Tide for five to 10 dollars a bottle.
Police in Minnesota say one man swiped $25,000 worth of Tide over several months before he was arrested.
Authorities say thieves target Tide because it is so popular and it's popping orange logo makes it instantly recognizable.
According to another report I saw some stores like CVS were actually locking up the Tide just like they do certain drugs they're not allowed to sell over-the-counter anymore. You have to go to the clerk and ask for it.