Tucson police said Arizona man stole dozens of coronavirus testing kits from a health clinic in Arizona on Friday while posing as a delivery driver.
The man entered the El Rio Health Center in Tucson just before 8 p.m. as employees were getting ready to close, Fox News reported. He took 29 of the highly sought-after COVID-19 test kits and drove off in a reddish Dodge Charger or similar-style car.
Health center employees noticed the unused kits were missing the following morning, according to the report.
Surveillance images show the suspect, who police say is described as a Hispanic male in his 30s with a large build. He appears to have a full, dark-colored beard with some graying.
STOLEN COVID-19 TEST KITS. The pictured suspect stole 29 unused test kits from the El Rio Health Clinic. Anyone w/information about this suspect is asked to call 88-CRIME. You can remain anonymous. Please see link for additional details/photos -> https://t.co/BqJntwqEcv pic.twitter.com/449RKh7d3M
— Tucson Police Dept (@Tucson_Police) March 22, 2020
The kits are “essentially useless” to the suspect because they require a lab with the proper equipment to test and produce the results, police said.
While the clinic was able to replace the stolen items, police said the suspect’s actions contributed to the health crisis by taking test kits out of the hands of nurses and doctors.
Police warned that those who claim to have coronavirus test kits for sale are scammers, noting that there are no at-home kits currently available.
Coronavirus testing kits are in short supply in the U.S. as the virus continues to spread throughout the world.
Tucson police said in a Facebook post on Tuesday that the Arizona man whom they initially believed stole dozens of unused coronavirus testing kits from a health clinic… did NOT actually steal them. Read on through this link