A California woman has been arrested after she stole 65 popular Stanley water bottles valued at nearly $2,500, police say.
Roseville police officers responded to a store on Jan. 17 after workers reported seeing a 23-year-old Sacramento woman take a shopping cart full of drinkware without paying for it. Police said she refused to stop for store staff before stuffing her car with the stolen merchandise.
An officer spotted the unidentified woman as the car she was driving entered Highway 65 from Galleria Boulevard, where she was pulled over and arrested on a grand theft charge.
“While Stanley Quenchers are all the rage, we strongly advise against turning to crime to fulfill your hydration habits,” the Roseville Police Department wrote on Facebook with photos of all the cups recovered from the suspect’s vehicle.
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Stanley tumblers have recently skyrocketed in popularity, largely due to social media marketing, unique color releases and brand collaborations.
A 16-year-old from Alabama said her parents have spent around $3,000 over the last year to help her collect every style and color of Stanley cup available.
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“I’m obsessed,” Amelia Awad, 16, told the Wall Street Journal recently of the viral tumbler craze. After getting her first cup a year ago, she now has 67.
Videos of customers racing through stores in the hopes of getting a limited-release tumbler have also recently gone viral.
“Getting trampled for a Target Stanley Valentine’s cup,” one person wrote in a clip they posted that racked up tens of millions of views on TikTok and X, formerly Twitter.
The cups sell for between $45 and $50, with limited releases being more expensive. People have posted them on resale sites for much higher prices.
Fox Business’ Brie Stimson contributed to this report.
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