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A Los Angeles-area health worker says his supply of N95 masks and personal protective equipment (PPE) were stolen from his car Tuesday evening, according to a report.

The man, who works at a VA hospital in Pasadena, Calif., told CBS Los Angeles he discovered the theft after returning to his car.

“When I got to my car, basically the window was smashed, glass was on the ground,” the health worker said. “So, I looked in there and saw what was taken.”

N95 masks are a coveted item during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

N95 masks are a coveted item during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

He had parked his car in an overnight garage. He said it was clear the perpetrators knew what they were going after.

“It looked like they went right for the N95 masks and some gloves, like medical gloves,” he said.

He said the theft is especially discouraging given that he works with “high-risk” COVID-19 patients and such items are vital to his safety.


“In the beginning, this was actually what I was using in the hospital because we didn’t have any N95s for people that were doing my job,” he said. “And now it’s become backup.”

Fox News reached out to the Pasadena Police Department with a request for comment.