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Polk County Sheriff’s detectives are asking for the public’s help in a Retail Theft investigation. 

At approximately 5:10 pm on Wednesday, January 29, 2012, an unidentified black male suspect wearing a red hoodie and dark pants entered the Circle K Store located at 4415 Old Kathleen Road in Lakeland and asked the clerk for a carton of Newport brand cigarettes. After the clerk placed the carton on the counter, the suspect grabbed the cigarettes and fled the store heading northbound on foot. The suspect can be seen here in video surveillance. 

Anyone with information about this investigation is urged to contact Detective Kevin Matheny at 863.287.2367, 863.577.1623 or 863.298.6200.


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:                                                   Date: 2/13/2012