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Coronavirus masks a boon for crooks who hide their faces

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Posted at 8:13 AM, May 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-16 11:13:10-04

CHICAGO (AP) — There's a troubling new reality for law enforcement in the age of the coronavirus.

Masks have made criminals stand apart, long before bandanna-wearing robbers knocked over stagecoaches in the Old West and ski-masked bandits held up banks.

But today, masks are allowing robbers to blend in like concerned accountants, nurses and store clerks who are taking safety steps to avoid the deadly virus.

Across the United States, masks have become more and more prevalent, first as a voluntary precaution and then as a requirement imposed by governmental agencies and businesses.

And now people with masks, along with latex gloves, are finding their way into more and more crime reports.