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Man charged after Sydney rapid test heist

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A man will face a Sydney court on Thursday, charged in relation to the theft of more than 42,000 rapid COVID tests stolen from a warehouse earlier this week.

The tests, worth more than $500,000 were taken from a Botany freight depot on Tuesday afternoon.

NSW Police were called after a man walked into the depot and “took possession” of the tests.

Police arrested three men at a storage facility at Rosebery on Wednesday, also seizing several items.

The men were questioned by police and later released. But a fourth man, aged 27, was charged with dishonestly obtaining property by deception.

He will appear in Sydney’s Central Local Court on Thursday.

Police say their investigations into the theft are continuing.

Earlier, NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet described the theft as “disgraceful”.

It came as Australia continues to grapple with a shortage of rapid antigen tests and price gouging the consumer watchdog has called “beyond outrageous”.

ACCC boss Rod Sims said the agency had received reports of RATs costing up to $500 for two tests through online marketplaces, and more than $70 per test through convenience stores, service stations and independent supermarkets.

Despite wholesale RAT costs being a maximum of $11.45 a test, the agency said prices for the kits were often retailing between $20-$30 and for much more at smaller outlets.

-with AAP

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