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San Ramon Police Corral Two Suspected Flu Sufferers – Um, Shoplifters, Monday

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The only thing more prevalent than the flu around the 24/680 lately has been shoplifters of all sorts and description. San Ramon PD officers stopped two young women visiting the area from Vallejo earlier today and found their car stuffed with cold and flu medication – along with a few other things.

Officers reported the recovery of more than $10,000 in stolen over the counter cold  medicines along with another $2,000 worth of items stolen from various other local retailers.

The two women were arrested and shown the way to the Martinez Detention Facility while police organized the looted items for processing.



  1. Paper plates again! Remember when you saw them and had a smile on behalf of the person with a new car? Now all I see is toll evader and potential criminal. Pretty darn sad.

  2. You know me and what I’m gping.to say: I bet you… bet.you anything that these Vallejo gals already have warrants on them and/ or are out on parole already.
    Despite the good work of police they are probably out of jail today and already “shopping” in other stores.

  3. They’re stealing cold and flu medicine that contain pseudoephedrine to make meth. The same reason Sudafed was stolen, to the point where it had to be put behind the counter. Over 10K in cold medicine is a lot of medicine.

  4. The federal government has banned the over the counter sale of not just Sudafed, but all medicines containing pseudoephedrine. Therefore, the OTC medicines stolen do not contain pseudoephedrine and cannot be used to make meth.

  5. Regardless of what the federal government has banned, I recently saw Theraflu, Tylenol Cold and Contac Cold and Flu over the counter. I bought one of the three for my husband. All three contain pseudoephedrine. I believe they’re stealing with the purpose of manufacturing drugs.

  6. Danielle,

    You may as well say, “regardless of facts”.

    The Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act of 2005 has been incorporated into the Patriot Act signed by President Bush on March 9, 2006. The act bans over-the-counter sales of cold medicines that contain the ingredient pseudoephedrine, which is commonly used to make methamphetamine. THE SALE OF COLD MEDICINE CONTAINING PSEUDOEPHEDRINE IS LIMITED TO BEHIND THE COUNTER. The amount of pseudoephedrine that an individual can purchase each month is limited and individuals are required to present photo identification to purchase products containing pseudoephedrine. In addition, stores are required to keep personal information about purchasers for at least two years.

    Neither Theraflu, Tylenol Cold, nor Contac Cold and Flu contain pseudoephedrine. Instead, they contain phenylephrine.

    In 2006, the Contac® Cold + Flu formula was changed due to the restriction of pseudoephedrine in certain states. The nasal decongestant pseudoephedrine was restricted because of misuse by some individuals. It was replaced with the effective nasal decongestant phenylephrine.

    Theraflu Nighttime Severe Cold & Cough also contains phenylephrine, but not pseudoephedrine. https://www.theraflu.com/products/nighttime-severe-cold-cough/

    Tylenol Cold & Head Congestion Severe also contains phenylephrine, but not pseudoephedrine. https://www.tylenol.com/products/tylenol-cold-head-severe-caplets#ingredients

    Please do not spread “fake news”. Your statement that over the counter medicines contain pseudoephedrine is demonstrably false. It’s bad enough we suffer from so much fake news from the top down nowadays.

    • @Drew – Yes, but could you cite your sources of information, please? We’re kidding, we’re kidding. That’s what we call building your case!

  7. If you say it contains phenylephrine – fine. all I know is I was told by the pharmacist how many “grams I could buy” because the products are used to make meth. It was very embarrassing, and I told the pharmacist “I never bought drugs by the gram in college – I’m not going to start at my age. My husband is ill.” This was in SF – life in the big city.

    I just googled phenylephrine, and YES, IT’S USED TO MAKE METH.

    If you don’t think these medicines are stolen to manufacture drugs, you’re naïve.

  8. Most of the time grocery store items like medications, beauty and hair products are stolen from multiple stores then at the end of the day thieves will take to a “Fence” whom will pay $$ and then the money is used to get the fix of choice for the day. The “Fence” will turn around and make money by selling the stolen goods.

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