A Reno man was arrested and charged with stealing hundreds of surgical masks from the Veterans Administration Hospital in Reno in March.
Peter Lucas, 35, of Reno, allegedly stole the masks between March 19-23. He was arrested on March 25.
On Wednesday, Lucas’s Facebook page included several posts as recent as April 4 offering for sale homemade masks for $20 each. They do not appear to be hospital-grade products. The posts have since been removed.
In 2017, Lucas was the recipient of a donated Toyota Prius, a give-away for a local veteran. The article on KOLO-TV said Lucas was a single Marine and father of three children.
VA logistics supervisor Mary Kinne said the hospital ordered 94,000 masks on Jan, 21, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but has received only 31,200 as of April 1 and the rest are on back order.
She said the hospital has about 7,700 masks and uses about 2,000 masks every three days.
Each box of masks is advertised as being between $2.50-$39.99.
Two people who worked for the VA system in Reno have died of coronavirus: emergency room nurse Vianna Thompson who died Tuesday and Bruce McAllister, who helped veterans file for benefits.
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