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.”

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