Man suspected of stealing over $ 1 million in COVID-19 tests
Man suspected of stealing over $ 1 million in COVID-19 tests

Man suspected of stealing over $ 1 million in COVID-19 tests

Santa Ana police are asking for public assistance in finding a man suspected of diverting more than $ 1 million in COVID-19 tests from a warehouse where he worked to his home.

Carlitos Peralta, 33, of Santa Ana was warehouse manager for Covid Clinic at 3401 W. MacArthur Blvd., said Sgt. Maria Lopez, a police spokeswoman.

The company has seven department stores across the United States and sends tests to clinics, pop-up sites, schools, hotels and other customers, according to a police warning.

Peralta had access to Covid Clinic’s shipping and delivery system, the warning said.

Lopez said Peralta redirected a shipment to his home by stating a colleague’s name as the sender.

The colleague warned their supervisor, who informed police, she said.

Detectives tried to arrest Peralta on Feb. 9 but were unable to find him, Lopez said. He remains at large.

A preliminary investigation showed Peralta began redirecting shipments on Dec. 30, she said. The scheme continued until 7 February.

The total number of stolen tests is not known, but detectives found that nearly 100 shipments were sent to his home, police said.

Authorities estimate the total value of the tests is $ 1,000,575.

Anyone with information about Peralta’s whereabouts should call Det. Rashad Wilson at (714) 245-8551 or email him at [email protected]


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