Maryland Police Search For Man Posing As COVID-19 Tester To Break Into Homes

The unidentified male wore an orange vest and blue surgical mask.

March 23, 2020
By: Aaron Rasmussen

Maryland police have warned residents to be on the lookout for a man who attempted to gain entry into houses on two separate occasions by claiming he had coronavirus tests.

Washington D.C.’s WUSA reported that a male in his late 20s or early 30s knocked on the door of a home just after noon on Mar. 17 and claimed he was inspecting for COVID-19.



“He was not allowed into the residence and left,” the Bowie Police Department posted on Facebook.

The man, who law enforcement said wore a black hoodie, orange vest and blue surgical mask, then went to a second home about an hour later.

“While a resident was home, the unknown male entered the home through an unlocked door and was confronted by the resident,” police wrote on social media. “The suspect began to talk to the resident but fled upon hearing a dog bark.”

The Bowie Police Department warned residents to “not open their homes to anyone claiming to be checking for the COVID-19 virus or offering to clean their home.”

The department added: “If you do encounter someone claiming to be testing for COVID-19, you're asked to call police or 911 immediately.”

Next Up

Former Sheriff’s Deputy Burglarized Homes During Funerals, Police Say

If convicted, Janelle Gericke could face more than 12 years behind bars.

Virginia Police Say Man Wearing Baby T-Shirt As Mask Robbed 7-Eleven

Authorities are asking for help to identify the suspect, who allegedly had a knife.

'School Of Rock' Star & Guitarist Joey Gaydos, Jr., Busted For Stealing Guitars

Gaydos, who is known for his role as lead guitarist, Zack Mooneyham, in the fictional school band fronted by Jack Black, has been hit with felony charges for larceny and grand theft.

Cops Say Suspected Bank Robber Handed Teller a Note With His Name and Address On It

The accused thief allegedly used a form from the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles that contained his contact information.

Ohio Woman Broke Into Home, Pet The Family Dog, Washed Dishes & Left, Cops Say

Police say Cheyenne Ewing appeared “under the influence of narcotics.”

Texas Cops Say ‘Wedding Crasher’ Suspect Targets Events & Steals Gifts

The suspect has allegedly hit three celebrations and walked off with cash and gift cards; police have released security video images.

Cops Hunt 4 Suspects After Terrifying Armed Robbery Is Filmed On Victim's Doorbell Cam

“Open this door or we're going to kill you,” one of the robbers can be heard saying.

Video Alarm System Saves California Family From Terrifying Home Invasion

She heard the robbers call her husband's name — a situation that, under other circumstances, could have caused her to open the door.

Man's Truck Stolen While He Was Allegedly Burglarizing Store Across The Street

Police said the alleged auto theft was captured on surveillance video.

Caught On Tape: Alleged Thief Unscrews Porch Lightbulb Wearing Only Women’s Underpants

After the video went online, cops say they identified the suspect, whose face and heavy tattoo work are clearly visible on camera.