Police in cities like New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago have all reported drops in crime since stay-at-home orders have been put in place, but that doesn’t mean that it’s completely quiet for law enforcement these days. In fact, in some jurisdictions, the coronavirus is the reason for some pretty weird and unsettling crimes that police are having to deal with.
Some drivers in Greeley, Colorado were recently pulled over by a guy in a gas mask who directed them to what looked like a police checkpoint, where they were then questioned about why they were out of their home.
The drivers reported being “questioned for ‘violating the COVID-19 law,’ ” police wrote. But no such roadblocks have been conducted by local law enforcement.
A Greeley woman told police she was stopped at 4:50 a.m. by a man in a gas mask who directed her into a roadblock funnel formed by traffic cones and silver vehicles with flashing police lights, The Denver Post reported.
“The individual asked to see her license, insurance and registration, and demanded explanation as to why she was violating COVID-19 law,” said Cmdr. Rafael Gutierrez of the Greeley Police Department, according to the publication.
“He told the woman she could get charged with a violation for being out,” Gutierrez said, The Denver Post reported. “And apparently he showed her something she thought looked like a ticket but it was never given to her.”
The man let her go after about 10 minutes, according to the publication. Police checked with other agencies, but none are pulling people over for violating the stay-home order.