51-year-old Georgia resident Victor Hardley Crawley attempted to rob a bank by telling the bank tellers that he would infect them with COVID-19.
"The suspect did not display a weapon, but stated he had tested positive for COVID-19, and that if the bank did not comply with his demands, he would began [sic] to infect everyone in the branch," reads the release. "As the employees notified police, the suspect fled the scene empty handed. "
After Crawley fled the scene, police identified him as a suspect as obtained a warrant for his arrest. He's now being held at an area jail, police said.
If the story holds up, it's an intriguing example of a petty criminal weaponizing the coronavirus, which has already caused death and economic chaos on a mass scale.
The episode also succinctly illustrates the relationship between economic stress and petty crime — Crawley told local law enforcement that he needed $2,000 "to catch up on his bills" after he had "fallen on financial hardship."
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