3 in custody for stealing COVID-19 vaccine books, sick leave forms and medical equipment

Three persons have been arrested after they were caught with four blank and unstamped Covid-19 vaccine books, 17 stamped sick leave forms, and several medical equipment including a stethoscope, sugar testing kit and pressure testing kit.

The incident occurred on Tuesday when two of the men visited the Vreed-en-Hoop Health Centre, West Coast Demerara.

Reports are that a female nurse was on duty at the Vreed-en-Hoop Health Centre when two of the suspects went to her, one after the other, with two blank Covid-19 books each and told her that they want her to stamp them.

They went on to tell her that the third suspect is waiting to take them to the Diamond Hospital.

She checked the said books and observed that they were all blank and knowing that the suspects were not supposed to be in possession of them, she immediately brought the issue to the attention of her supervisor who subsequently reported the matter to the Vreed-en-Hoop Police Station.

As a result, the suspects were contacted and arrested at the West Demerara Regional Hospital and were escorted to the Vreed-en-Hoop Police Station.

During questioning, police conducted a search on the motorcar of the third suspect and found one black and gold stethoscope, 17 blank sick leave forms which were all stamped with the West Demerara Regional Hospital stamp, and one Covid-19 book which was not stamped.

Police then went to the home of the third suspect (in his presence) and conducted further searches which unearthed one machine for testing pressure and a machine for sugar testing in his bedroom.

He was questioned about the items and he stated that he purchased them in Georgetown, but he could not produce any receipt for them. Police said these items were immediately seized.

Searches were done at the other two suspects homes but nothing of evidential value was found.

The three suspects were all escorted back to the Vreed-en-Hoop Police Station and placed into custody pending further investigation.