WEST ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — A 53-year-old South St. Paul man has been charged with theft, after police say he stole thousands of dollars worth of detergent from a retailer.

According to the criminal complaint, Patrick Paul Costanzo was spotted on surveillance video pushing carts full of detergent out of a store without paying for it.

Police met with a loss prevention employee at the store in West St. Paul who said the inventory audit showed an abnormal loss of Tide laundry detergent.

According to loss prevention, the total thefts documented on video surveillance was estimated at approximately $6,000. They also told police that over the past 15 months, inventory reports showed a loss of $25,000 in missing laundry detergent.

Video surveillance showed the same man taking detergent and other items on four out of five days during the week, without paying for it.

On Feb. 8, the suspect, later identified as Costanzo, entered the store and attempted to push out another cart of items without paying for them but was detained by staff.

Video surveillance showed that in addition to the date of Costanzo’s arrest, he was seen at the store on 28 days between Jan. 1 and Feb. 7, selecting laundry detergent and other items. The total amount of merchandise taken between those dates was $6,339.09.

Comments (83)
  1. sw says:

    What a dirty man!

    1. nope says:

      on the contrare! he washed them clothes,and washed ’em,and washed ’em….

  2. jackactionhero says:

    Looks like he’s been drinking it all…

    1. THAT was funny says:


    2. dan p says:

      went to school with him (well, attended the same jr/high school)… he’s always been kinda goofy.

  3. HDMC says:

    Damn, there goes my supplier. now where am i going to get my black market Tide?

  4. Jimmy says:

    Did he come clean?

  5. Twins FAN says:

    But he NEEDED it to qualify to be on my strange addiction…..

  6. Crazy Joe says:

    Guess he did not make a clean get away.

  7. Rich D. says:

    Well at least he came clean about it.

  8. Rita says:

    what the heck he must have Obsessive compulsive behavior wonder what he did with it all cant wait to hear the reason

  9. Crazy Joe says:


    1. It's Kevin.. Aint DUHversity Grand says:

      That is Kevin the coward!

  10. Rufus Larkin says:

    Can’t say that this thief made a clean getaway!

  11. Rufus Larkin says:

    Tide does cost too much.

    1. Doc Chuck says:

      Yeah, WAY over-priced!

  12. Andy says:

    What, do you make meth with it?

  13. Willfred says:

    Is that Bono?

    1. X-Puffer says:

      Outstanding! It is Bono!

    2. Dave says:

      Damn….beat me to it. Ok, so how bout “Bono and Tide?”

  14. maxey says:

    Looks like he uses it to wash his hair.

  15. pete says:

    Maybe he is in the money Laundering business. 🙂

  16. laughter good meds says:

    Seriously this comment section is gut splitting funny….too easy

  17. BJohnson says:

    Why do Eskimos wash their clothes in Tide?
    Because it’s too cold Out Tide!

    1. DONNA says:

      WOW THAT’S BAD. Very good.

  18. Rocky says:

    How in the F can a guy just load up a cart and push it out without paying or anybody stoping his, for over a month??? are store employees that stupid? YES… I once bought a 9 volt battery (about $3) and the clerk rang up some crazy bill (80 bucks) when i said i’m not paying it, she called the manager….she turned a little red when he explained to her about the little error…..DAAAAAA If i remember right, this was at target…..

    1. tayor J says:

      I remember one time I got stopped at the door for a condom purchase that I’ve just made. I was like 19 at that time. Even I couldn’t sneak out with a paid box of condoms and this guy walks out with a cart load of Tide..

  19. rex dart eskimo spy says:

    money laundering?

  20. geanbee says:

    I guess career is washed up?

  21. Skip says:

    Great Reporting. What store was it that the security was so lax? Basic information, you know, who what where when how, maybe why?

    1. Steven Hall says:

      He really cleaned out the store.

  22. Pauli Gela says:

    Was he OWS ?

    1. Mike Merker says:

      Nope! They have shown to be allergic to soap.

  23. Yup says:

    He should have stolen some hair care products instead.

  24. X-Puffer says:

    Soap for a Dope

  25. Jason Carle says:

    you guys complaining about the lack of actual info in this story and lamenting the fact that there really is no news here seem to forget that TV news is not about news at all, it is about ratings.

  26. Jimmy Crackcorn says:

    This fellow is in serious need of a check up from the neck up.

  27. Billy says:


  28. rbg says:

    Hmmm…isn’t this type of detergent illegal in the Soviet Socialist Republic of the Northwest (Washington state)?

    Maybe it’s a sofisticated phosphate bootleg plot.

  29. Traci A. Ohren says:

    Maybe with Minnesota’s lite winter he was trying to use the foam bubbles for landscaping some snow. That could explain why he was stealing so much of it…those foam bubbles only last so long ya know.

  30. Aaprime says:

    If they recover close to $25K in stolen merchandise,the store can call it a wash!!

  31. Aaprime says:

    If this guy had fallen off his soap boxes, he could have died!!

  32. Aaprime says:

    Now, his life is a little like soap opera!!

  33. Aaprime says:

    Now, his life is a little like A soap opera!!

  34. DenofYork says:

    I guess
    the Tide has turned on this story…

  35. X-Puffer says:

    Tide Sleeper Cell

  36. Springer Rider says:

    They found him by tracking down the April Fresh scent.

  37. seenbetterdaze says:

    My question would be WHY? What is he really doing with TIDE detergent?
    Can people do something with it besides Wash Clothes?

    1. easy says:

      resell it to stores – small ones will go wink-wink here’s the $$$

  38. nyrotti says:

    he almost made another clean getaway!!!!!

  39. mark edward marchiafava says:

    did he make a clean getaway?

  40. maxey says:

    This is going to be a giant stain on his record and I just don’t know how he can get it out.

  41. Irene Cara says:

    He looks like my ex-husband!

  42. Target Team Member says:

    Slippery when wet.

  43. Swamp Rat says:

    Where’s the nearest outdoor fountain[s]? Just add the detergent and presto you not only have a bubbly fountain but lots of floating bubbles! How is that for clean air?

  44. we says:

    Was we trying to corner the market on Tide!!!!!!!

  45. Swamp Rat says:

    Hey, soap fans, Mr. Costanzo wanted a clean neighborhood! Unfortunately, his method of doing so was a bit too slippery!!! LOL!

  46. Mother Babbitt says:

    There’s sure a lot of clean jokes in this comment chain……….. Can we get back to something a bit more dirty?? I’m curious about what the heck he’d be doing with so much Tide? Maybe cleaning garage floors? Tide is an excellent grease/grime cutter besides great for cleaning clothes covered in grease/grime.

  47. dontwory22 says:

    it took Costanzo’s has a loss prevention HHUUMM weird and took them 15 Mo. to catch him… GREAT work you guys

  48. heatherfeather says:

    Tide is ridiculously overpriced. I pay $1 for my laundry detergent at Dollar Tree. I’ve seen Tide going for $15–load per load 5X what I pay.

    I bet a lot of advertising agencies are glad he was caught. That $25,000 will be well spent on silly skits encouraging mindless consumers to buy overpriced products!

  49. JMWinPR says:

    Except for the mustache, looks like my ex wife. ……………I know, he doesn’t have a mustache,,,,, she does

  50. Loser! says:

    He must of had alot of dirty clothes! LOL

  51. robert says:

    I always thought it was “ancient Chinese secret”…now, after all these years I know the truth.

  52. markH says:

    This guy has a face that would make a train take a dirt road.

  53. Deep Thinker says:

    I just can’t come up with anything funny to say about this guy

  54. Judy says:

    At least he picked the BEST on the market! Ive been a dedicated user for over 40 yrs, and NOTHING gets clothes as clean, or whites white new. You can keep all those cheap laundry soaps, you couldnt pay me to change, Ive tried a few, and they dont measure up! Like anything, you have to KNOW the tricks to get the best results without having to use any bleach.

  55. Soap Opera Digester says:

    The cops should be proud of themselves – I heard it was a clean collar.

  56. Up "Tide" down Up North says:

    Now he won’t have to air his dirty laundry. It will be clean

  57. clairjr says:

    So this is what became of Mr. Clean! And here I thought he just retired after all those years on TV…

  58. Debra S says:

    Maybe he was a modern Robin Hood- giving that detergent to his neighbors who are on food stamps and can’t buy it????????????????// Anyway, he stole the best!

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