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Polk County Sheriff's deputies are seeking the public's help in identifying a suspect caught on video surveillance taking a woman's purse at the Taco Bell restaurant located at 6753 North Church Avenue in Mulberry on September 17, 2009.

The victim accidentally left her purse in the restaurant, and when she realized it, she returned to the restaurant, only to discover it was missing. She later found it in the bathroom, but its contents, including all her cash, were missing. The female suspect who took the purse into the bathroom was caught on video surveillance, and can be seen here.

If anyone has information about this incident or can identify this suspect they are urged to contact Sgt. Rian Shea at 863.577.1600 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: 11/12/2009