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Polk County Sheriff’s Office Robbery detectives are asking for the public’s help in an Armed Business Robbery investigation.

At approximately 11:42 am, on Friday, July 27, 2012, a dark skinned male approximately 6 feet tall and weighing approximately 160-175 pounds, entered the AT&T store located at 6595 S. Florida Avenue, Lakeland.

The suspect brandished a long barrel firearm and ordered the employees to go to the back of the store and into a bathroom.  The suspect then rummaged through the building removing merchandise and an undisclosed amount of cash.  The suspect exited the store and fled on foot. The victims were not injured.

The suspect wore gray pants and a gray hoodie which covered a dark colored cap.  The cap had a gray or blue symbol on the front.  He appeared to be in his mid-20s.

Anyone with information about this investigation is urged to contact Detective Jeannette Leonard at 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: 7/27/2012