Thieves steal $250K worth of protective gear that was destined for hospitals, first responders

Thieves steal $250K worth of protective gear that was destined for hospitals, first responders

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - A huge haul of personal protective equipment — valued at $250,000 — was stolen over the weekend from Wilson Care Group, the owner tells Hawaii News Now.

“Very, very sad thing to discover that somebody had taken these items.” said Shelley Wilson.

Equipment stolen from the facility on Kapiolani Boulevard included N95 masks, face shields and gloves.

The items — in short supply — were to be delivered to hospitals and first responders.

Wilson Care Group provides home health care and operates assisted living centers for seniors.

Wilson said the equipment is valuable for her 500 caregivers and nurses, “We are taking care of some COVID-19 patients now at home and we do have personal protective equipment for everyone and we will have enough to sustain until our new orders come in," Wilson said the remaining inventory has been moved to another storage site.

Honolulu police are investigating the burglary that happened late Friday night or early Saturday morning.

The lock and door handle to the storage room had been broken.

If you know anything about the case that can help, or if you notice anyone trying to sell PPE in large quantities, call Crime Stoppers: 955-8300.

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