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Polk County Sheriff's Eagle Lake deputies are seeking information about an incident that occurred in Eagle Lake on Friday, February 13, 2009, in which a man tried to use an apparent stolen credit card.

Around 2:30 p.m. on Friday, February 13, 2009, an unknown white male entered the Racetrac gas station/convenience store located at 11023 US Hwy 17 South in Eagle Lake, just south of Winter Haven, and attempted to purchase several cartons of cigarettes. He attempted to swipe a Vanilla Visa gift card, when the clerk told him he could not swipe a card like that because it is not a regular credit card. When the clerk swiped the card and processed the transaction, she noticed that the numbers on the card did not match the numbers on the receipt, and the purchase was flagged by the computer as a "credit card fraud." The clerk cancelled the transaction and informed the customer, at which time he proceeded to argue with her about the validity of the card. The man had varying explanations about why the card would not appear valid, but he eventually left the store heading westbound on Winter Lake Road in a brown or beige full-size Chevrolet pickup truck.

This suspect matches a suspect description from Hillsborough County for similar crimes. The man is described as a white male, in his mid-20s to early 30s, between 5'8" and 6' tall, with brown hair balding on the top, wearing a black warm-up suit with gold decals all over it, a black NY Yankees ball cap, and sunglasses.

If anyone has information about this suspect they are urged to contact the Polk County Sheriff's Eagle Lake Station at 863.293.5677.


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: 2/18/2009