SANTA ANA, CA (KSWB) Authorities are looking for a California man suspected of diverting nearly 100 shipments of COVID-19 tests worth more than $ 1 million from multiple department stores to his residence, law enforcement said this week.
Santa Ana police have identified Carlitos Peralta, a 33-year-old warehouse manager with Covid Clinic, as a suspect. Covid Clinic has seven department stores across the country, “where they store and send COVID-19 tests to customers such as clinics, pop-up test sites, schools and hotels,” police said in their advisory.
“Peralta had access to the shipping and delivery system from the various department stores,” they added.
The suspect redirected the first shipment on December 30, 2021 and continued to redirect the tests to February 7, according to Sgt. Maria Lopez of the Santa Ana Police Department Los Angeles Times reported.
Police were tipped off about the activity by supervisors at the Covid Clinic, who were alerted by a colleague from Peralta, Sgt. added Lopez.
The estimated value of the stolen tests is about $ 1,000,575, according to police.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the wanted man is asked to contact Detective Wilson at (714) 245-8551.