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Idiot walks into Walmart with ‘I have the coronavirus’ sign and sprays chemicals in store

AN IDIOT wearing a "Caution I have the Coronavirus" sign sprayed Lysol on produce and other items at a Walmart, cops said.

The suspect, who also put on a yellow medical mask, and an accomplice caused about $10,000 damage at the Illinois store on Sunday.

Cops say the two men entered the Walmart and "began to spray a substance" on fresh food, clothing and items of health and beauty.

The spray was later determined to be Lysol. It is believed the second man was recording the suspect who was spraying the Lysol, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The suspect who wore the medical mask was also seen with a handmade "Coronavirus" sign on his back, according to cops.

Some customers in the store tried to confront the men, cops told the Tribune.

It is not believed that anyone was exposed to the virus in the store.

The viral outbreak that began in China has infected more than 20,000 people around the world.

There have been at least 11 cases in the US, including two in Illinois, according to officials.

Last week the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus a "public health emergency of international concern."

Surveillance images were released of the two assailants, who remain at large. They are both white males, most likely in their 20s, according to cops.

They were last seen leaving the Joliet store in a white 2003 GMC Yukon with Illinois license plates.

Walmart said the loss of the produce was estimated to be about $7,300, and it cost the store $2,400 to clean up the mess.

Anyone with information about the incident should contact the Joliet Police Department at (815) 724-3020.

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