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Information Sought In Robbery
Robbery Suspect
The Polk County Sheriff's Office Robbery Unit is seeking information regarding an armed robbery that occurred at the Gate gas station located 5385 S. Florida Ave. on Saturday, March 16, 2002, at 1 a.m.

A W/M  (described as 6' tall and weighing approximately 150 lbs.) shown in this photograph taken from surveillance video, entered the store and asked to purchase a pack of Newport cigarettes.  As the clerk attempted to help the suspect, he produced a small handgun (possibly a 9 mm) and demanded the money from the cash register.

A second suspect (described as a H/M approximately 5'10” tall) stayed outside of the store during the incident. 

After taking a small amount of cash from the register, the suspect and his accomplice fled from the scene on foot .

Anyone with information regarding the robbery or the whereabouts of the suspects is asked to contact Robbery Detective Mark Stroud at 863-534-6379 or

Anyone with information regarding the robbery who wants to remain anonymous and be eligible for up to a $2,000 reward is asked to call Polk County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS. Anonymity is  Guaranteed!

Media Contact: Aaron Flint, (863) 534-6377
March 19, 2002

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