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Arrests made after man tried to steal Covid test kits from Preston

Written by on January 20, 2021

Two men have been arrested after a person tried to steal Covid-19 tests from a Preston testing centre.

The shocking incident happened on Friday, January 8 where a man arrived at the coronavirus test centre on the park and ride site at the Capitol Centre retail park in Walton-le-Dale.

Upon arrival, the individual claimed to be a member of staff who needed to move a large amount of stock to another testing site in Lancashire.

The man then tried to remove testing kits from a building but quickly left without any stock after being challenged by genuine members of staff.

He left the scene in a taxi accompanied by another man.

Today (January 20), Lancashire Police has revealed two men have been arrested on suspicion of burglary.

The suspects are a 32-year-old man from Preston and a 29-year-old man from Blackburn. They have been released under investigation.

A Lancashire Police spokesperson said: “On January 8, a man arrived at the Covid testing centre in Walton-le-Dale claiming to be a staff member who needed to move a large amount of stock to a second site.

“He went to a building and attempted to remove quick testing kits but left in a taxi, along with a second man, empty-handed after being challenged by genuine staff members.

“Following a number of enquiries, two men – a 32-year-old man from Preston and a 29-yer-old man from Blackburn – have been arrested on suspicion of burglary.

“They have since been released under investigation, pending further enquiries.”

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