In a statement released this week, law officials said they are looking for a California man who they believe is responsible for rerouting approximately 100 shipments of COVID-19 tests valued more than $1 million from several warehouses to his apartment.
According to police in Santa Ana, the suspect has been identified as Carlitos Peralta, a 33-year-old warehouse manager at the Covid Clinic. According to the police advice, Covid Clinic has seven warehouses around the nation “where they store and send COVID-19 tests to customers such as clinics, pop-up testing sites, schools, and hotels.”
According to them, “Peralta had access to the shipping and delivery system from several warehouses,” which they explained further.
According to Sgt. Maria Lopez of the Santa Ana Police Department, the suspect diverted the first shipment on Dec. 30, 2021, and continued to reroute the samples until Feb. 7, according to the Los Angeles Times. The perpetrator is still at large.
According to Sgt. Lopez, the police were tipped off to the conduct by superiors at Covid Clinic, who were notified by a co-worker of Peralta’s who had witnessed it.
According to officials, the estimated worth of the stolen tests is roughly $1,000,575, with the majority of the money going to charity.
Investigators are asking anybody with information on the location of the sought guy to call Detective Wilson at (714) 245-8551.