Shoplifting Arrest Leaves 4 Cops out of Commission over Virus Fear

A shoplifter who claimed he had COVID-19 after being arrested on a shoplifting charge at a Lowe’s in Howell meant four police officers had to go into quarantine for possible exposure.

Howell police said three suspects had been detained by store security for trying to steal $2,000 worth of power tools on Monday afternoon. They had also attempted to steal from other stores, according to police.

As the officers took the trio in patrol cars back to police headquarters, one of the suspects said he had tested positive for COVID-19, according to police. All three were considered by police to have been positive because of their time spent together and exposing not only the the four responding officers but also the Lowe’s workers…  NJ101.5 News

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