If there were one specific crime to define the current phase of the pandemic, it could be the allegations against Adam Zaborowski.
After the 35-year-old man walked into a cigar store in Bethlehem Township, Pa., he flew into a rage when staff asked him to put on a mask. Instead, he grabbed two cigars and left without paying. A clerk followed him outside, where Zaborowski shot at him. When police tracked Zaborowski down, he grabbed an assault rifle, police said. After a shootout with seven officers, Zaborowski was airlifted to hospital and charged.
His lawyer, John Waldron, explained that Zaborowski was “just not handling the pandemic well.”
Another crazy thing in a crazy, crazy time.
Is it only that? Or, are there real, tangible links between crime and COVID-19?
Canada has seen its own iterations of apparent pandemic paranoia or stress linked to spectacular crimes.
In an almost identical incident, police in Haliburton, cottage country northeast of Toronto, shot a man dead during a standoff in July after he assaulted store staff in an argument over his refusal to wear a mask.