California police arrested a man on Sunday, a day after he allegedly stole a coronavirus test sample from a hospital.
The Davis Police Department said in a Facebook post that Shaun Moore, 40, stole the specimen from Sutter Davis Hospital. Police said they are familiar with Moore and in the process of determining whether any mental health issues may have contibuted to the crime.
Authorities reportedly got involved Friday afternoon after hospital employees reported someone entering the hospital and taking a COVID-19 specimen that was awaiting testing. Hours later, someone reported finding a sealed COVID-19 specimen in a shopping cart at the CVS Pharmacy in Davis.
“Officers retrieved the specimen and Sutter Davis Hospital was able to confirm it was the missing specimen. The lab also confirmed that several layers of protective packing were secure and the specimen had not been tampered with,” police wrote in a statement issued before Moore’s arrest.
Police said Moore was arrested on Sunday after an officer spotted him riding his bicycle across Richards Boulevard Overpass.
It’s not immediately known why Moore allegedly stole the test sample from the hospital. Police told KCRA that the patient whose coronavirus test was stolen took a new one.
“Although the incident is very serious, detectives do not believe he intended to harm himself or others,” they said in a statement.
A spokesperson for Sutter Health declined to tell KCRA whether they’re reviewing or updating security protocol following Saturday’s incident.
Moore was charged with burglary. Citing officials, KTXL reported that he’s possibly facing additional charges.
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[Featured image: Shaun Moore/Davis Police Department]