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


On Thursday February 1, 2018, around 2:56 p.m., a retail theft occurred at the Publix located at 6767 Hwy 98 N. in Lakeland.



An unknown older Hispanic male walked into Publix wearing an orange shirt, shorts, and tennis shoes. While inside Publix, he filled a shopping cart with numerous food items. The suspect then pushed the cart past the checkout counters without paying for the merchandise. The suspect left Publix in a newer model Acura SUV, with a folded over paper tag, in an unknown direction. The suspect has also been flagged by Publix loss prevention for several other thefts similar to this incident at other Publix locations in the area.



Anyone with information about this investigation is urged to contact Detective J. Leblanc 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:
Cash, Michele
                                                Date: 2/13/2018