New South Wales (NSW) Police were called after man walked into the freight depot in Mascot and “took possession” of the COVID-19 tests worth more than $500,000.
At present, Australia continues to grapple with a shortage of Rapid Antigen Tests (RAT).
People have reported price gouging which has been called “beyond outrageous” by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).
Rod Sims, the Chair of the ACCC, told media that the agency has received reports of RATs costing up to $500 for two tests through online marketplaces.
He added that it is costing more than $70 per test through convenience stores, service stations and independent supermarkets.
Despite wholesale RAT costs being up to $11.45 a test, ACCC says prices for the kits are often retailing between $20-$30.
A police spokesperson told media that the incident happened on Tuesday afternoon:
“The incident was reported to police and inquiries are continuing.”
NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet has now warned the perpetrator.
“At a time when everyone across our state has made incredible efforts in keeping people safe, in making sacrifices, what a disgraceful act. The police will catch you.”