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Joliet Police Search For 'I Have Coronavirus' Suspects Who Sprayed Food At Walmart

CHICAGO (CBS) -- Police in Joliet want the public's help in finding two masked suspects, after a disturbing prank at a suburban Walmart.

Police said they sprayed disinfectant on food and other items in the store.

CBS 2's Jim Williams has the story.

It was a gross and costly prank at Walmart, exploiting fears of the coronavirus and ruining thousands of dollars worth of fresh food. One of them claiming to have the coronavirus.

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(Credit: Joliet Police Department)

Authorities said on Sunday February 2, officers responded to a call regarding a suspicious incident at a Walmart located in the 1400 block of Route 59. They walked into the enormous Walmart Sunday afternoon. Surveillance cameras catch two young men, possibly in their 20s. one wearing a yellow surgical mask and a handmade sign on his back reading, "Caution I have the coronavirus."

According to police, one of the suspects put on a yellow medical mask, sprayed Lysol on food, clothing as well as health and beauty items in the store.

One of the suspects had a handmade sign on his back that said "Caution I Have The Coronavirus."

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(Credit: Joliet Police Department)

They were seen leaving in a white 2003 GMC Yukon registered to Oswego Illinois. Authorities said the suspects are two white males, possibly in their 20s.

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(Credit: Joliet Police Department)

Walmart estimates the lost of produce at over $7,000. The cleanup costs are over $2,400.

The images come from store surveillance security cameras.

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(Credit: Joliet Police Department)

If anyone has information on the identity of the individuals, they can contact the Joliet Police Department's Investigation Unit at 815-724-3020.

(Credit: Joliet Police Department)

They can also call Will County Crime Stoppers at 800-323-6734 or go online to the Crime Stoppers site.

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(Credit; Joliet Police Department)


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