POLK COUNTY, FL – A man accused of stealing Christmas presents from a Lakeland home last week was located and arrested on Wednesday, Polk County MPs said.
Raheim Jamaar Johnson, 28, was found at a Knight’s Inn, located at 301 S. Frontage Road in Plant City, by US Marshals Service officials after Polk County investigators issued an arrest warrant on Dec. 23, according to the sheriff’s office.
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MPs said Johnson refused to cooperate once in police custody, saying he was ‘angry’ with investigators because they constantly disturbed friends, family and acquaintances to find out his whereabouts, forcing him to rent a motel room, which was under a false name.
Investigators were unable to recover the stolen Christmas gifts, but Polk Sheriff’s Charities, Inc., Polk County Toys for Tots and a local businessman helped replace the victim’s stolen gifts.
The initial incident happened on December 20 after a woman left her home and returned at 11:30 a.m. the same day to find missing Christmas presents, a laptop and a flat-screen TV, MPs said .
Johnson faces charges of theft and burglary in connection with the incident.
He is currently being held in Polk County Jail without bond.
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