Crime Suspect arrested for stealing 100 doses of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID vaccine, Botox
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A suspect accused of stealing dozens of Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccines in addition to a vial of Botox and other medical equipment has been arrested in Washington state.
The burglary unfolded last week in Purdy, a city located about 30 miles southwest of Seattle. Pierce County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a dentist office early the morning April 30, according to afrom authorities.
Once on the scene, the owner told deputies a person sneaked inside the building in the middle of the night and made off with 100 Johnson & Johnson vaccines, Botox, and more than $100,000 in medical equipment. From there, the burglar busted through he wall of a nearby beauty salon, where he stole products like styling wands and towels.
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While most of the products have been recovered, the salon owner estimated her loss at $50,000, according to
FILE - This Saturday, March 6 photo shows vials of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at a hospital pharmacy. (David Zalubowski/)
The incident prompted law enforcement to put a call for help in their search for the missing vaccines. The agency emphasized in the same Facebook post that the coronavirus treatment is available at no cost for residents.
“So we ask the question, ‘What would a thief want with 100 COVID-19 vaccines that you can get for free?’ The answer is, ‘We’re not sure,’” authorities said.
“But we want you to be cautious if you come across someone who offers you a vaccine outside of official vaccination events, medical/dental offices or pharmacies.”
In an update on Wednesday, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office revealed deputies arrested a 30-year-old male suspect in connection the both burglaries. He was not named.
“Investigators have recovered most of the property, including the COVID-19 vaccines,” according to the police statement. “The property was hidden in bushes and most of it was destroyed by the weather.”
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