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Plant City Police Looking For Stolen Car, COVID-19 Vaccines

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Plant City Police Dept.
Plant City Police are looking for a person of interest in the theft of a car containing 30 vials of COVID-19 vaccine in Plant City Wednesday.

Thirty vials of COVID-19 vaccine that were supposed to be distributed at the Plant City Strawberry Festival Grounds were instead taken when someone stole a car from a parking lot there Wednesday afternoon.

Police in Plant City are looking for a stolen car — and, perhaps more importantly, thirty vials of COVID-19 vaccine that were inside the vehicle.

The 2018 gray Hyundai Accent was stolen from a parking lot at the Strawberry Festival Grounds around 4 p.m. Wednesday. The car has a Florida license plate NPJJ58.

Plant City police say the vaccine was properly refrigerated at the time of the theft. It was going to be distributed at a vaccine site on the Festival Grounds.

Police released a short video Thursday morning featuring a person of interest. They describe him as a thin, light-skinned man in his early 20s, with long hair and wearing a light colored hoodie.

Mark Schreiner is the assistant news director and intern coordinator for WUSF News.
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