Police last month arrested John Grassano, 42, and 20-year-old Sean Loychik, after Grassano allegedly put three breast pumps valued at nearly $1,000 into a shopping cart. Loychik pushed the cart out of the store as Grassano talked to a cashier.
Police last week learned of about a dozen other instances dating to July in which Grassano or Grassano and Loychik absconded with more than 40 breast pumps valued at about $15,000. Investigators applied for warrants in the cases, which were documented on surveillance video.
A store manager on Oct. 11 noticed the two men and thought they looked looked "exactly like" two men who'd stolen breast pumps and baby monitors Oct. 5.
After being shown the video at the time, Loychik started crying
and told police Grassano paid him $50 for his "illicit efforts".
Grassano and Loychik on Oct. 11 had breast pumps and video monitors in their cart, though left them near an exit after Grassano noticed police.
Grassano initially said the pumps were for his daughter, who is carrying Loychik's child, according to a report. After an officer asked why he needed four breast pumps, Grassano said he sells them on eBay.