Tucson Police: COVID-19 Test Kits Were Not Taken By A Thief After All

Mar 25, 2020

Police in Tucson said the reported theft of 29 unused coronavirus test kits from a health center last week wasn’t really a robbery at all.

Credit downtowntucson.org

Authorities said a man who allegedly disguised himself as a delivery driver before stealing the test kits actually was a legitimate delivery driver for a third-party transport company.

Police said a man entered the El Rio Health Center building about 8 p.m. Friday and took the tests as employees were closing for the night. El Rio employees told police they never have pickups at that time of night and they didn’t recognize the person as one of their regular delivery drivers.

The health center provided surveillance video to police, who identified the man as a driver for a Sonora Quest Laboratories subcontractor.