It seems as though new waves of thieves are cleaning up their act, but not in a good way, as the gravity of their actions may be leading them to laundry duty in prison.
According to police reports, Ronald Ledesma, 54, put nine bottles of Tide laundry detergent into his shopping cart at a Vons store in Mission Viejo, California and quickly left the store without paying for the goods. Ledesma loaded his Ford Explorer with the detergent, and was confronted by a store manager, according to Orange County sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino.
The suspect then sped out of the store parking lot, crashed into an off-duty Orange County Fire Authority ambulance and injured a paramedic. Ledesma fled the scene of the accident, but was followed by a vigilant citizen who notified authorities and kept them updated on Ledesma's location.
He was eventually detained in Lake Forest, California, and is currently being held on $1 million bail at Men's Central Jail in Santa Ana. Amormino said that Ledesma was believed to be under the influence of methamphetamine at the time of the incident.
Ledesma is facing seven counts of second-degree burglary, driving under the influence and suspected hit-and-run with injury, according to the Orange County Register.
There have been reports of similar Tide thefts all over the country. Amormino explained that law enforcement officials believe the detergent is sold on the street for a discounted price and the revenue is used to buy drugs.
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