Nurse charged with larceny for allegedly stealing COVID-19 vaccines from TCF Center


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A 41-year-old nurse from Livonia was charged with larceny Wednesday on allegations she stole two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine from the TCF Center in downtown Detroit.

Saeedeh Elahi was arrested Monday after authorities say a health care worker spotted her pocketing two syringes of the Moderna vaccine. She was arrested before she could leave the building.

Elahi is also accused of stealing two vaccination cards.

“There is simply no excuse for this alleged conduct,” Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said in a statement. “This past year has been extremely stressful for everyone. There is some light at the end of the tunnel because of the various vaccines. State and local governments have been doing their level best to get vaccines to as many people as possible. This case should send a loud and clear message that this conduct is criminal and will be taken seriously.”

Elahi is expected to be arraigned on the larceny charge in 36th District Court on Wednesday.

Detroit Chief Operating Office Hakim Berry said the doses are carefully safeguarded.

“From the time they are delivered to the health department, the doses are kept secure under tight conditions every steep of the way until they are delivered in the syringes onto the TCF floor to be administered, where there are several police officers, security guards and cameras,” Berry said in a statement Wednesday. “Each dose is accounted for at the end of each day. We know that each dose is precious, and we are proud of the staff member who would not allow this to happen and spoke up to prevent this nurse from leaving the worksite before she could be arrested.”

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