Police in Davis, California have arrested a man who reportedly walked into a hospital where COVID-19 testing was taking place and stole one of the test samples.
The incident occurred at Sutter Davis Hospital Saturday afternoon.
The Davis police department says they received a call from the hospital around 1:35pm about a man who grabbed one of the samples before it was able to be tested, and fled the area on a bike.
Police were able to later identify the suspect as 40- year-old Shaun Lamar Moore, after circulating a photo of the suspect taken from the hospital security cam.
Before they could locate Moore, authorities hen received a call around 6:00pm after someone found a sealed COVID-19 specimen in a shopping cart at a CVS Pharmacy.
Moore was located several hours after that and arrested.
Authorities say the sample was left undisturbed, however, the hospital is likely to use a second sample take took from the patient while searching for the first.
Officials also say that they are unsure while Moore stole the sample:
“It’s under investigation what the true motive is,” Deputy Chief Paul Doroshov. “We are exploring his mindset and any possibility that mental health played a role in this.”