Information Sought: Robbery Suspects Sought
From the
Files of . . .
Polk County Crime Stoppers
Polk County Sheriff's Office Robbery Detectives are seeking the public's help in finding 2 robbery suspects.  On December 29, 2002, around 1:00 a.m., 2 black male suspects entered the Denny's Restaurant at 44111 U.S. Hwy 27 in Haines City armed with handguns with the intent of robbing the establishment.  The manager, 40-year-old Willy Smith (DOB 9/5/62), of 6210 Dove Crest Trail in Lakeland, was shot twice during the robbery and was transported to Lakeland Regional Medical Center where he is in stable condition.  The suspects then fled northeast on foot and eventually drove off in an unknown type vehicle. 

The suspects are described as black males, one about 6'1", and the other a little shorter, both with stocky builds, both wearing black or dark blue tops, black baggy pants, gloves, and white "masks" over their faces that looked like pillowcases with holes cut in them for eyes. 

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact PCSO Robbery Detective Richard Davis at 1-800-226-0344. 

Anyone wishing to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward should contact Polk County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS.  ANONYMITY IS GUARANTEED!

 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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February 1, 2001

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