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Polk County Sheriff’s Office detectives need the public’s help in a Retail Theft investigation.

During the months of May and June 2010, a black male subject, described as being approximately 6’1” and 165 pounds, has committed a series of retail thefts at Circle K convenience stores in the Lakeland area.  Tobacco products are the most frequent items taken. 

He is further described as having a receding hair line and very short hair, and often has worn a long shirt and baggy shorts. 

He typically buys scratch off lottery tickets or at least inquires about them.  He has been seen in a light blue Chevrolet truck, possibly an Avalanche. 

These thefts have occurred at stores located on Airport Road, Drainfield Road, Memorial Boulevard, Chestnut Road, Kathleen Road, and Galloway Road.

Anyone with information regarding the identification of the suspect should contact Detective Tonya Wright at 863.577.1600, or 863.534.6200.

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:
Wood, Donna
                                                Date: 7/13/2010