Three people have been arrested on charges of price gouging during the coronavirus pandemic, according to the Fontana Police Department.
"When the governor declares a state of emergency, a price gouging statute kicks in. The law generally prohibits charging a price that is more than 10 percent what an item cost before the state (or local) declaration of emergency," the Fontana P.D. said on Facebook.
"In an effort to protect our citizens #FontanaPD is actively monitoring different social media platforms along with local businesses to protect our citizens from any price gouging."
On March 21, Fontana P.D. officers arrested Christopher Nasser, 55, in the 7300 block of Cherry Avenue; Lamar McDonald, 47, in the 14900 block of Summit Avenue; and Jose Carreto, 51, in the 6200 block of Haven Avenue in Rancho Cucamonga.
In these separate cases, several items were involved, including toilet paper, respiratory masks, cleaning supplies, Lysol spray, Clorox wipes, hand soap, paper towels and hand sanitizer, said Jennie Vinzor, press information officer for the Fontana P.D.
"Thank you to our citizens for the tips," the P.D. said on Facebook.