Coronavirus-related crimes capitalizes on global fear, panic
Posted: 6:06 PM, Mar 24, 2020
Associated Press News
These photos from surveillance video by the Tucson (Ariz.) Police Department shows a person they say stole 29 COVID-19 testing kits from the El Rio Health Clinic in Tucson as they seek the public's help in identifying him. And elsewhere, a Long Island man was arrested by after police say he tried to get into a hospital under restrictions to see his girlfriend. And federal authorities shut down a phony website selling vaccine kits for $4.95. As the coronavirus pandemic rises across the country, so are crimes related to it. (Tucson Police Department via AP)
WASHINGTON — As the coronavirus pandemic spreads across the globe so are the crimes related to it capitalizing on fear, panic and the urge to lay blame, leaving law enforcement agencies to grapple with the best way to tamp it down as their resources are stretched.
Cops in Tucson are looking for a man accused of nabbing 29 COVID-19 test kits from a health clinic.
Hate groups are encouraging their sick members to infect law enforcement officers and Jews.
German police say an 83-year-old woman was scammed out of five figures to help what she believed was a stricken relative.
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