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Arizona hospital aide steals coronavirus protective equipment, supplies worth $1,700, police say

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A hospital housekeeping employee in Arizona was arrested and subsequently fired after police say he admitted to stealing personal protective equipment and cleaning supplies amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Keith Brown, 49, was arrested at Yavapai Regional Medical Center in Prescott after hospital officials reported a suspected theft, police Lt. Jon Brambila said.

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Officers found $1,700 worth of gear and supplies inside Brown’s car and home, including gloves, hand sanitizer, surgical scrubs, washcloths, paper towels, masks, bleach cleaner, toilet paper and an automatic hand sanitizer, Brambila said.

Police found numerous items valued at $1,700 in Brown's vehicle and residence. (Prescott Police via AP)

Police found numerous items valued at $1,700 in Brown’s vehicle and residence. (Prescott Police via AP)

Many of the items have been in short supply during the COVID-19 outbreak as health workers race to treat a surging number of patients.

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