A 24-year-old Brooklyn man is accused of toddling off with thousands of dollars worth of diapers from area grocery stores, officials said Friday.
Kevin Hargrove was arrested for the dirty deeds at his Bushwick home Thursday, cops said.
He is accused of swapping the price codes on diapers inside Stop & Shop supermarkets on Long Island with tags from 99-cent items and then using the self-checkout.
He most often substituted the tag from a disposable pie plate, officials said.
“If I had to guess I’ve hit every Stop & Shop in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut,” an apparently unremorseful Hargrove told cops, according to court papers. “I’ve been doing this so long I can’t remember.”
The young father told detectives he was keeping some diapers for his own family but was stealing mostly to sell them on the street, officials said. He stole a wide variety of brands and sizes.
Hargrove has struck more than 100 times since January, a spokesman for the Nassau County District Attorney said.
In one incident, he paid a rock-bottom $1.06 for $99.36 worth of diapers at a Stop & Shop in West Hempstead on Jan. 23, according to prosecutors.
“We are fully cooperating with the authorities who are investigating these incidents,” a Stop & Shop spokeswoman said in a statement.
Stop & Shop executives are scrutinizing years of records in light of Hargrove’s confession that he’d been swiping diapers for years, officials said.
“We anticipate that this is going to grow,” a law enforcement source said.
"The systematic theft of goods through this scheme hurts businesses and consumers who may ultimately pay higher prices to cover the losses. My office is working with the police and store investigators to curb this growing trend," said Acting Nassau County DA Madeline Singas.
Hargrove was arraigned Friday in Nassau County First District Court in Hempstead, L.I., on charges of grand larceny and falsifying business records.
He was ordered held in lieu of $6,000 bond.