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Polk County Sheriff's Robbery detectives are seeking information about an armed robbery that occurred on Monday, March 2, 2009, at the Hilltop Food Mart located 615 Daughtery Rd. in Lakeland.

Around 9:00 p.m. that evening, three unknown black male suspects entered the store, 1 of whom was armed with a black semi-automatic handgun. While one suspect stood at the door, the other two suspects approached the clerk and demanded money from the cash registers, pointing the handgun at him in the process. After taking an undisclosed amount of cash, all three suspects fled the scene in an unknown direction.

Suspect one is described as a black male, approximately 5’7” to 5’8” tall, wearing all black clothing and a black cloth covering his face, armed with a handgun. Suspects two and three are described as black males, approximately 5’6”-5’8” tall, wearing all black clothing and black cloths covering their faces. Video surveillance photos of the suspect can be seen here. 

If anyone has information about this incident they are urged to contact Detective Sam Bunch at 863.534.6379 or 1.800.226.0344.


Anyone with information who wants to REMAIN ANONYMOUS and be eligible for a CASH REWARD is asked to call HEARTLAND CRIME STOPPERS AT 1-800-226-TIPS or log onto to submit your tip via the web. For a secure and password protected mobile app for your smart device, go to the app store and download the free “P3tips” mobile app. No caller ID, no recorded lines, no tracking cookies, no saved IP addresses. Anonymity is Guaranteed!!

Media Contact:                                                   Date: 3/4/2009