COVID-19 vaccine doses stolen in Florida after car keys left in ignition

Up to $5,000 reward for information leading to arrest of suspect

Video shows person of interest in stolen COVID-19 vaccine investigation, police say
Video shows person of interest in stolen COVID-19 vaccine investigation, police say

Plant City Police are looking for the man who stole a car containing vials of a COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday.

Crime Stoppers Tampa Bay is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to the arrest of the suspect involved.

The car, a 2018 gray Hyundai Accent, was stolen from the Strawberry Festival Grounds parking lot at 2805 W. Reynolds St. around 4 p.m. Wednesday, police said in a news release. The license plate for the car is NPJJ58.

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License plate number of a stolen 2018 gray Hyundai Accent (Copyright 2021 by WKMG ClickOrlando - All rights reserved.)

The man was able to take the car because the keys were left in the ignition, records show.

Investigators said 30 doses were inside the car, along with a cooler and a compound agent. The vaccine was supposed to be distributed at the Plant City vaccination site, which is at the Strawberry Festival Grounds.

The thief is described as a man in his early 20′s with long hair, wearing a light-colored hoodie.

Police released a short surveillance video clip, seen above, showing a man who they believe may know something about this case.

Surveillance video shows person of interest in stolen vaccine case, police say (Copyright 2021 by WKMG ClickOrlando - All rights reserved.)

A nationwide alert has been put out to help find the stolen car, according to the release.

Anyone with any information regarding the identity of the suspect is eligible for a cash reward and can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477), send an anonymous tip through the website or send a mobile tip using the P3 Tips application.


About the Author:

Thomas Mates is a digital storyteller for News 6 and ClickOrlando.com. He also produces the podcast Florida Foodie. Thomas is originally from Northeastern Pennsylvania and worked in Portland, Oregon before moving to Central Florida in August 2018. He graduated from Temple University with a degree in Journalism in 2010.