Suspects Sought: Grand Theft

"For Immediate Release"
Media Contact: Sonya Dodds, (863) 820-4839

From the
Files of . . .
Polk County Crime Stoppers

Lakeland Police are seeking information on what is believed to be a loosely-knit shoplifting ring operating out of retail department stores in the Lakeland and Polk County area. Five shoplifting cases, each being investigated as grand thefts, occurred with a similar mode of operation since Mid-October. Between three and six suspects steal merchandise by creating a diversion at the register and then leaving the store with the items of merchandise.

The suspects would bring items to the register as if to purchase them with a check. While the cashier is ringing up the items one suspect would bag the merchandise while another suspect begins to write out a check. The items would be placed into a cart by the first suspect, who would then leave the store, while the other perpetrator and cashier discuss a lack of identification for the check. All suspects would leave the store, and may be traveling in an orange Datsun B-210.

Suspects' descriptions include: a black male, 6' tall weighing 220 pounds with short hair and heavy build; a black female, 5'8" tall, heavy build and shoulder length bold bleach-blonde hair; and a white female, 5'5" tall, heavy build and short hair. They also have been seen in the accompaniment of several teenage children.

 A reward of up to $1,000 may be awarded for information leading to the arrest or indictment of a suspect or suspects. Anyone with information is asked to contact Polk County Crime Stoppers at
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November 6, 1996

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