Police searching for man who stole car containing 30 vials of COVID-19 vaccine


Police are searching for a car containing $10,000 worth of COVID-19 vaccines.

Florida authorities said a man stole a car filled with 30 vials of the vaccine on Wednesday.

Per a statement by the Plant City Police Department, the vehicle is a 2018 gray Hyundai Accent. It was stolen from the Strawberry Festival Grounds parking lot around 3 p.m.

WTVJ reports that the car contained 30 vials, all of which were refrigerated at the time of theft. They were set to be distributed at a vaccination site at the grounds.

Police noted that the keys were left in the ignition.

A nationwide alert was placed on the vehicle, which features a Florida license plate: NPJJ58.

On Thursday, police also released surveillance video of the suspect on Facebook. He is described as a male in his early 20s with long hair. They are requesting community assistance regarding the matter.

Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact the Plant City Police Department at 813-757-9200.

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