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Posted: December 27, 2010 5:26 a.m.

Teens find formula for arrest

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Quanteria Willis, Dominique Davis & Aeisha Willis

Six Atlanta teens were arrested early Saturday after allegedly stealing baby formula valued at $1,060.71 from a Covington grocery store.

Officers from the Covington Police Department arrived at Kroger on U.S. Highway 278 around 2:30 a.m. and were told that a group of girls had taken infant formula, and were given a description of their vehicle.

Police said they stopped the car on U.S. Highway 278.

When the officer approached the driver and asked for her license, he reportedly noticed that the rear floorboard was filled with what appeared to be cans of infant formula and the rear passenger looked like she was attempting to conceal cans of formula with her feet. The driver stepped out of the vehicle and officers noted that they immediately smelled the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. She handed the officer a license with the name Dominique Darby, 23.

As extra officers arrived, the other girls in the car were told to hang up their cell phones and stand in front of the patrol cars. Officers began searching the vehicle and at that time several of the passengers began to protest. One allegedly refused to hang up her phone and ignored several commands to do so. At one point officers attempted to place her under arrest and she struggled with the officer.

A Kroger employee arrived on the scene and identified the girls as the ones who had stolen from the store.

A search of the vehicle yielded 69 cans of Gerber and Similac formula. The driver and the passengers were arrested.

Upon arrest, the driver reportedly admitted that the license belonged to someone else and that she was only 14 years old. The other passengers told officers they were each 16 years old.

Police determined that three of the passengers were adults and three were juveniles. Along with the driver, there were two 16-year-olds. Officers arrested 17-year-old Dominique Davis, 18-year-old Aeisha Willis and 17-year-old Quanteria Willis, all of Atlanta. The teens were all charged with theft by shoplifting, giving false information and obstruction. The older teens were additionally charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

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