A business man has been arrested by the police after stealing about 2 million face masks from a medical company and selling them.
The business man stole the masks from a medical company that had gone into liquidation and sold the masks to his contacts in Portugal after keeping stock at a locked warehouse on an industrial estate within the Galician cathedral city of Santiago de Compostela., Spain consistent with reports emanating from Spain.
Police investigators say the person didn’t only steal masks but also stole other protective equipment including surgical gloves . According to the police, the theft is claimed to possess occurred at the top of February.
Alfonso Rueda, vice-president of the regional Xunta de Galicia regional government, visited the theft site on Monday and said only around 100 out of the 2 million face masks stored there had been left untouched.
He said: ‘The police received a tip-off that there could have been valuable health equipment here which would have been so necessary in the fight against Covid-19. ‘It had been cleaned out by the time they arrived. We calculate two million face masks have been stolen. Only the boxes are left.
‘There are also empty boxes which contained surgical gloves but we don’t know at this stage exactly how many are missing.’
He added: ‘The police investigation has led to the identification and arrest of the main suspect, a person from Santiago who has already appeared in court.’
The suspect happens to be a director at a well known local estate firm and he has been arrested.
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