Police Release Surveillance Images Of Man Wanted For Burglarizing Storage Building For Dallas Coronavirus Testing Site

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) — Thieves are keeping hundreds of North Texans from getting tested for the novel coronavirus.

The new walk up COVID-19 testing site at the Salvation Army’s Pleasant Grove Corps Community Center on Elam Road could not open on July 13 as planned, because burglars broke into the storage location overnight and stole equipment and supplies used to conduct testing — including 2 air condition units, personal protective equipment and a computer.

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As it stands, officials hope to have the site open at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 14. The location will offer COVID-19 testing Monday through Saturday between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. or until test capacity is reached.

The new testing site on Elam Road was opening as part of a relocation after the Dallas County and Parkland Health & Hospital System testing site at Inspired Vision Compassion Center on Masters Drive closed on July 10.

  “That is crazy. A lot of people need it for other reasons. It’s just sad to know that there’s a break in,” said Claudio Torres, who drove 30 minutes only to be turned away.  He recently returned from a trip to Mexico and wanted the test as a precaution.
“My grandma lives with me, so I just wanted to take the test to be with her, just to know,” he said.
Staff waited in the parking lot throughout the day, directing would-be testers them to nearby sites. The testing is free, and no appointments are necessary.

There are two walk-up COVID-19 test sites operating at:

  • Red Bird Mall / Westmoreland Park 7222 S. Westmoreland Road, Dallas, TX 75237 Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m.–3 p.m. or until testing limit is reached. (Closed on Sundays)
  • Sam Tasby Middle School 7001 Fair Oaks Avenue, Dallas, TX 75231 Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m.–3 p.m. or until testing limit is reached. (Closed on Sundays)

The two COVID-19 drive-through testing sites are located at:

  • Ellis Davis Field House 9191 S. Polk Street, Dallas, TX 75232 Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. or until testing limit is reached. (Closed on Sundays
  • University of Dallas • 1845 E Northgate Drive, Irving, TX 75062 Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. or until testing limit is reached. (Closed on Sundays

For more information about coronavirus testing in Dallas County check out the Parkland Health & Hospital System website.