The craze for Stanley stainless steel drinking cups reached new levels last week when a US woman was arrested and accused of stealing 65 of them, worth almost $US2500 ($A3801), from a store in California.
Police in Roseville, in Placer County, northeast of Sacramento, said Sunday that they were called Wednesday to a report of a theft from a store on Stanford Ranch Rd in the city.
“Staff saw a woman take a shopping cart full of Stanley water bottles without paying for them. The suspect refused to stop for staff and stuffed her car with the stolen merchandise,” police said in a statement on Facebook.
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“An officer spotted the suspect vehicle as it entered Highway 65 from Galleria Blvd and initiated a traffic stop,” the statement said.
The so-far unnamed woman, 23, of Sacramento, was arrested and accused of grand theft.
Police allegedly found 65 Stanley cups inside the woman’s car. Credit: City of Roseville Police DepartmentThe allegedly stolen Stanley cups were valued at almost $A4000. Credit: City of Roseville Police Department
Pictures released by police show her car boot and passenger seat stuffed with a variety of cups.
Stanley cups have become highly sought items in recent months, thanks to a trend driven by social media influencers.
The Quencher cup, which holds 40 fluid ounces (1183ml) and retails on the Stanley website at $US45 ($A68), has in particular become a fashionable item.
“While Stanley Quenchers are all the rage, we strongly advise against turning to crime to fulfil your hydration habits,” police said.