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Polk County Sheriff's Robbery detectives are seeking information about an armed robbery that occurred at the Hess Food Store located at 4785 SR 60 West in Mulberry.

Around 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 23, 2010, an unknown black male suspect wearing a white T-shirt and gray shorts entered the store. The suspect had his face covered and was armed with an unknown type of firearm. The suspect demanded cash from the clerk, but the clerk refused to comply with his demands. After a brief struggle during which the clerk was slightly injured, the suspect took an undisclosed amount of cash and fled the scene on foot heading westbound on SR 60.

The suspect, who can be seen here in a video surveillance photo, is described as a black male, approximately 20-26 years of age, 5’10” to 6’ tall, with a skinny build.

If anyone has information about this incident they are urged to contact Detective Chris Madden at 863.298.6200 or 1.800.226.0344 or Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1.800.226.TIPS.


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:
Eleazer, Carrie
                                                Date: 6/23/2010