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Lakeland man held in Largo FedEx truck robbery

LAKELAND — A Lakeland man was arrested Thursday in connection with an Oct. 27 robbery of a FedEx delivery truck in Largo.

Michael Walter Rouxel Jr., 29, is being held in the Polk County Jail on $150,000 bail on felony charges of armed robbery with a firearm and grand theft.

Largo police say Rouxel, a former FedEx employee, jumped aboard the truck as its driver was making a delivery to 14400 Myer Lake Circle in Largo.

"Rouxel is an ex-employee/driver for FedEx, who is familiar with the route the victim was driving," Largo police spokesman Mike Loux said in a statement.

When the driver returned to his truck and found a man with a bandanna over his face and a handgun, the driver fled and called police.

When police arrived, the suspect was gone. He was later identified and tracked to his home in Lakeland, police say.

According to Largo police, Rouxel's grand theft charge stems not from his arrest from the Largo truck robbery, but from thefts he committed as a driver for the company.

Lakeland man held in Largo FedEx truck robbery 11/04/10 [Last modified: Thursday, November 4, 2010 5:34pm]
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