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Authorities had been searching for Moore for nearly 24 hours after employees at Sutter Davis Hospital reported that a person entered the facility around 1:35 p.m. Saturday and stole a COVID-19 specimen that was awaiting lab testing.
According to police, the department received a call around 6:15 p.m. Saturday that a sealed COVID-19 specimen was found in a shopping cart at the CVS Pharmacy in Davis.
“At that point, confirmed it hadn’t been opened or tampered with based on the security seals,” Davis Police Deputy Chief Paul Doroshov told FOX40.
Shaun Lamar Moore, 40, was arrested on a burglary charge after allegedly stealing specimen that was to be tested for coronavirus, according to officials. (Davis Police Department)
Based on tips from the homeless community, investigators said they were able to track down Moore by Sunday morning and arrest him on a burglary charge.
"Davis Police are familiar with Moore and are determining whether any mental health conditions played a factor in this incident," police said. "Although the incident is very serious, Detectives do not believe he intended to harm himself or others."
Additional charges may be filed, according to officials.
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“As much fear as this may have caused in the community, we wrapped it up pretty quickly so hopefully those fears can subside now,” Doroshov told FOX40.
Sutter Health said Sunday that it is now conducting its own internal investigation into the incident.
"Sutter Davis Hospital is committed to providing high-quality care to the Yolo County community and beyond. We take this situation very seriously," the hospital said in a statement to FOX40. "We are conducting our own internal investigation, as well as working closely with county officials and law enforcement on the matter.