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

At approximately 7:00 p.m., on Sunday, February 4, 2012, at the Papa John’s pizza restaurant located at 6747 U.S. Highway 98 N, Lakeland, the restaurant’s pizza costume was stolen.

A white male, approximately 18-years-of-age, wearing a white button up shirt, dark pants and a dark tie, entered the store with six other people.  The young male suspect put on the costume then left the store wearing the costume.  The costume is described as a slice of pizza approximately 6 feet tall. 

The other six individuals remained in the store. Video surveillance captured the images of the suspect and four persons of interest.  They are described as three older white males with dark hair.  One had a full beard.  The fourth person of interest is described as a white female with dark hair. 

Two other persons of interest were described as a white male with dark hair wearing a white shirt, and dark pants; and an Asian female wearing black leggings and a light colored jacket.

Anyone with information about this investigation is urged to contact Detective Kim Douglas at 863-577-1600 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: 3/13/2012