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A man in Los Angeles allegedly tried to scam people out of financial investments by asking them to endorse a drug he reportedly claimed he created that was successful for curing COVID-19, and he is facing federal charges for the accusation.

53-year-old Keith Lawrence Middlebrook has a large online presence on social media under the name “The Real Iron Man.”

Middlebrook reportedly had an Instagram account as well as a YouTube channel where he marketed items such as a product claiming to reverse the aging process, in addition to having an acting career with small roles in several well-known television shows and movies.

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A man is facing charges after more than two-dozen cases of N-95 masks were reportedly stolen from a nonprofit building supply center and an ad he allegedly placed to sell them led to his arrest.

On March 6, the ReBuilding Center reported to the authorities that between 20 and 25 cases, each holding 400 N-95 masks were missing from their premises, and they believed they had been stolen.

The ReBuilding Center, located in Beaverton, Oregon, has a mission to help with “all people and materials, particularly those perceived as liabilities and often cast aside by society, are respected and valued as community assets,” according to their website. The nonprofit had intended to donate the masks to hospitals so the workers would have more supplies for protection while they tend to patients during the spread of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

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Three men in Tennessee allegedly covered their faces using surgical masks in a purported attempt to shield their identities from the authorities when they reportedly stole thousands of dollars’ worth of cigarettes from a delivery truck.

On March 16, a delivery driver parked his truck on the side of the convenience store area at an Exxon gas station in Memphis and departed the vehicle.

When he peered back at his truck, the driver reported that he spotted a few people hurriedly removing many boxes filled with the cigarettes intended for his deliveries and placing them into a dark van.

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When the police accused a man of using the debit card of an alleged victim that was deceased, the suspect reportedly tried to consume the plastic before it could be confiscated.

On March 16, a man later identified as 37-year-old Jose Herrera was reportedly frequenting the Disney Springs complex in Orlando, Florida and shopping for items with a debit card.

When Herrera attempted to buy jewelry with the card, Disney security held him while the authorities were notified due to the suspicion that it may have been a fraud.

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A man in Clearwater was taken into custody and charged with a felony after he allegedly grabbed and made off with a roll of toilet paper from a pack left in a truck parked at a residence.

While people appear to be stocking up on bathroom tissue in the middle of the current novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, a resident in Clearwater, Florida reported that a 6-pack left in a vehicle parked at their home inspired someone to break into the truck and help themselves to a roll without permission.

The alleged victim’s doorbell video surveillance camera caught footage of a person who appeared to be male and wearing a grey sweatshirt with a hood.

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A married couple in Louisiana is facing charges after they purportedly stole many cases of beer totaling over $1000 in estimated value from local Target stores.

At the beginning of March, the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office opened an investigation regarding claims made by two local Target stores reporting that they had merchandise swiped from their beer section on six different dates.

The first alleged beer theft occurred on February 24, and the reported following incidents took place through February 29.

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A man has been charged with first-degree robbery after he allegedly walked into a Voodoo Doughnuts with an ax and proceeded to steal sweets from the establishment.

Around 3:30 am last Saturday, a man reportedly entered the downtown Southwest Portland Voodoo Doughnuts and reportedly wanted a box of the well-known, unique pastries that they offer.

As reported by Portland Police, the man, later identified as 40-year-old Christopher L. James, was allegedly carrying an ax that was just over a foot in length when he went inside the store. He allegedly used the tool to intimidate the workers into allowing him to walk behind the service counter and help himself to a box of the doughnuts in the display case.

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When a DNA sample from a water bottle that was allegedly discarded during the robbery of a jewelry store led the authorities to a suspect, the man was additionally assumed to be the person who broke into the home of a Hollywood couple last year.

In 2019, actors Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell reported that their home had been burglarized and the suspect had stolen jewelry. An item allegedly used during the invasion contained a sample of DNA, and the authorities collected it during their investigation.

This year on April 27, the manager of Marcelo’s Fine Jewelry in Tampa, Florida closed the store, secured the building, and departed for the evening.

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A man who allegedly said he had been taking methamphetamine for days reportedly followed what he called a “demon dog” and entered a neighbor’s home before choking the woman and her child.

Last Sunday afternoon in Luzerne Township, Pennsylvania a woman and her 14-year-old son and young daughters were home together while her husband was out.

In a reportedly startling event, one of the neighbors from a nearby home allegedly ran into their residence without an invitation.

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Two arrests were made after the authorities allegedly traced FedEx packages containing $81,000 to a suspect reportedly wrongfully charging people money for removing viruses from their computers.

Last Thursday, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office reportedly received a call from a person who wished to remain anonymous. The caller, who asserted that they were the victim, reported a situation involving the elderly New Jersey resident being scammed out of money. The person said they thought they had sent $11,000 to someone who called to inform them that they had a computer virus and would remove it for a fee, but after mailing the money they suspected they had been scammed.

When the authorities investigated the claim they reportedly uncovered details that appeared to coincide with those that the caller had given. It was allegedly found that someone who was offering their services to remove computer viruses was using FedEx shipments as a means of accepting payment.