Mother and son arrested in $100,000 toothbrush theft scheme

A mother and son from Apopka, Florida, are the suspected ringleaders of an unusual theft scheme.

Police say Clint Curtiss, 44, and Mary Curtiss, 64, led a group they say is responsible for stealing more than $100,000 worth of toothbrushes in the past year. The thefts happened at Publix, Walmart, Walgreens and CVS stores throughout Central Florida.

Police say the ringleaders stole electronic toothbrushes worth more than $100 and would then visit other stores to buy replacement heads. They then altered receipts to make it appear they had also bought the toothbrushes. Employees would process the return and give the Curtisses their money back.

But investigators believe the toothbrush theft operation may be much larger, and the thefts started in 2011. Clint and Mary Curtiss both face charges of racketeering and conspiracy to engage in racketeering. They were arrested on Tuesday and remain in the Orange County Jail.