An investigation was opened by the public prosecutor of Montpellier for the theft of more than 12,500 masks from the university hospital Lapeyronie. The date of this “infamous and despicable” act, according to the Minister of the Interior, remains uncertain.
This investigation, entrusted to the departmental direction of public security of Hérault (DDSP 34), relates to the theft of 1,200 FFP2 type masks and 11,400 surgical masks, from a storage warehouse at the hospital.
There is no specific offence concerning the theft of masks or hospital equipment, but a simple theft can be punishable by three years in prison and a fine of 45,000 euros.
And there is no doubt that in the context of a global pandemic, the Prosecutor’s Office will be vigilant about the punishment of the perpetrator(s), if the investigators manage to identify one or more culprits.
The coronavirus pandemic will reveal “the most beautiful and also the darkest side of humanity”, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe observed on Thursday, particularly criticising the traffic in protective masks.
Source: France 3