October 30, 2020 -- A shipping container holding medical gloves intended for first responders was stolen Sunday night, Oct. 25, from a warehouse in South Florida.

The theft occurred around 11 p.m. Sunday at the Coral Springs headquarters for Medgluv, a company that supplies the gloves nationwide. Surveillance video showed two men arriving at the loading dock in a tractor trailer and a pickup truck, Cox Media Group reported.

“The tractor-trailer truck backed up to the container that was still holding the gloves, and within a matter of moments, he detached that product. Another gentleman came in from the pickup truck to assist in the loading of that product onto the tractor trailer,” Medgluv’s vice president of sales and marketing Richard Grimes said at a news conference. “They pulled away, and I would say, in three to four minutes, they had taken off with nearly a million dollars' worth of product.”

There were differing reports on how many gloves were stolen.

Cox Media Group and other news organizations quoted Grimes as saying about 5 to 6 million gloves were taken. But the Sun-Sentinel newspaper cited Coral Springs police saying 53,000 pairs worth $217,000 were taken.

The medical gloves arrived Friday from the manufacturer in Malaysia and were supposed to be distributed on Monday to hospitals in Florida, Ohio, and Illinois, the New York Times reported.

Police found the truck empty on Tuesday afternoon, Grimes said.

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Sources

Medgluv company website.

Cox Media Group and WFTV. "Medical gloves worth more than $1M stolen from South Florida warehouse."

Sun-Sentinel. “53,000 pair of PPE gloves stolen from medical warehouse.”

New York Times. "Thieves Steal 6 Million Medical Gloves From Florida Supplier."

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