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Polk County Sheriff's detectives are seeking the public's help in identifying a check theft suspect.

On Tuesday, January 8, 2013, the suspect went into the Wells Fargo Bank in Auburndale and attempted to cash a two-party check in the amount of $1,200.  When the bank teller questioned the validity of the check, the suspect told her he left something in his car and needed to go get it.  He left and never returned.

The check was later confirmed stolen from a victim's mailbox on Elm Street in Winter Haven.

The suspect can be seen here in video surveillance photos.

If anyone has information about this incident they are urged to contact Detective Joe Makal at 863.297.1108.


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: 1/9/2013