Thieves target milk; bottles bring in cash

SEATTLE -- Shoplifters targeting area grocery stores in have a new item of choice: milk.

It used to be liquor, but now the Capitol Hill blog reports that thieves are stealing bottles of milk.

One of the QFC stores on Broadway has been hit by thieves numerous times and in one incident, the thief stole eight half-gallon bottles, the blog reported.

The new crime wave doesn't seem to be related to the rising cost of milk. One theory has it that thieves are stealing the Twinbrook glass milk bottles because they net a $1.95 cash refund per bottle -- and no receipt is needed.

A spokesperson for QFC parent company Kroger said that milk isn't "a high theft item" for the chain.