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Suspect in Winter Haven vehicle theft identified

The Winter Haven Police Department has issued a warrant for a man who they say stole a vehicle on Thursday night from a public library.

Police said 26-year-old Rosjah Jovon Young stole the vehicle from the library after 6 p.m. Thursday.

Young is wanted for burglary of an occupied structure, burglary of an unoccupied vehicle and grand theft auto.

A Bartow Police Department officer recognized Young from a surveillance photo. The Bartow police officer had come into contact with Young at about 7 a.m. Thursday in an abandoned building after the officer responded to a call about a suspicious person.

Young has a criminal history that includes battery, robbery in Miami, and drug charges and failure to appear in Polk County.

On Thursday night, Young was seen lurking on video in a back hallway at the library and then appeared with an employee’s purse. He dumped the items from the purse on the floor and took the car keys and wallet, police said.

He then went to the parking lot and drove off in a 2012 Nissan Frontier, police said.

Shortly after leaving the library parking lot, the victim’s credit card was used at a nearby Walmart, police said.

The vehicle and the Young haven’t been located.

The victim’s vehicle is a red 2012 Nissan Frontier with a Florida tag C61 8TZ.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Winter Haven police Det. Larry Brooks at (863) 401-2256.

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