A 23-year-old woman in Roseville, California, found herself in legal trouble after police discovered an astonishing 65 allegedly stolen Stanley stainless-steel cups, with an estimated value of nearly $2,500, in her vehicle.
The incident unfolded on January 17, just 20 miles northeast of Sacramento, when local authorities responded to a theft report at a retail store situated on the 6000 block of Stanford Ranch Road, as detailed by the Roseville Police Department.
According to law enforcement, store staff witnessed the suspect brazenly filling a shopping cart with Stanley water bottles and making a hasty exit without completing the necessary transaction.
Despite attempts by the store personnel to intervene, the suspect, identified only as a 23-year-old woman, evaded their efforts and proceeded to load her vehicle with the allegedly stolen merchandise.
Following the reported theft, an officer on patrol spotted the suspect’s vehicle as it entered a nearby highway.
Initiating a routine traffic stop, the officer subsequently conducted a thorough search of the vehicle, uncovering a staggering total of “65 Stanley products” in various sizes and styles, collectively valued at nearly $2,500.
Woman Arrested in Strange Stanley Cup Theft
Law enforcement promptly took the unidentified suspect into custody, charging her with grand theft in connection to the incident.
In a social media update on Sunday, the Roseville Police Department shared photographs showcasing the recovered stolen merchandise.
The images depicted numerous Stanley drinking containers arranged on the hood and front bumper of a police car, as well as stacked in the trunk and at the foot of the front passenger seat in the suspect’s vehicle.
The incident has shone a spotlight on the Stanley brand, which has been a fixture since 1913. Notably, the brand’s stainless steel reusable water bottles have recently gained significant attention on social media platforms.
The 40-ounce Quencher cup, along with its limited-edition styles and colors, has developed a fervent following both in the United States and globally.
Acknowledging the current viral popularity of Stanley products, the Roseville police issued a word of caution in their statement, stating, “While Stanley Quenchers are all the rage, we strongly advise against turning to crime to fulfill your hydration habits.”
The arrest serves as a reminder that even in the age of viral trends, adherence to the law remains paramount.